Anyhow, from what I've read, I do think it's possible for me to find a job as an English teacher. I dare say that I am fluent in English (yeah, I know, everybody says so, but really, I am! :-)).
So I'm probably being a bit too modest here. I do have a slight accent, but I doubt any japanese would notice it. (Of course for a native speaker, it's instantly obvious that I'm not from Britain, Australia or the USA.) But I reckon I'll be able to sell myself with a couple of white lies perhaps. (I'm not a fraud, my English is more than good enough to teach it, they just have to give me a shot at it :-)).
Engaging the problem from another angle, is there any shot of finding such a job if I come over in June. From what I've read, the semester starts in September, so I guess it's application high season for teachers during the summer, or am I horribly mistaken here?
I do have the ambition to learn Japanese. Learning to read and write or to get all the nuances right is a bit of an arduous task which I'll probably won't bother with. But I'm pretty good with languages and i'm sure I'll be babbling on in Japanase in no time. Given the small amount of Japanase I've picked up in just a couple of weeks, I found it fairly easy to learn (on a conversational level of course).No one cares if you don't speak Japanese. Many still don't after 10, 20 years ...
Don't worry, I won't be brewing my own sake illegally, I'm happy just buying it in a store ;-)I just hope you stay away from illegal work, if only for your own sake
I've also looked into the JET-programme, but it seems like I just missed the application deadline. Or isn't that as strict as they make it out to be? Even still, I'm not really sure if it would be my cup of tea. I'd like to take an adventurous road and experience the country first hand. Not really sure if that's possible while being pampered by an embassy... (But I suppose it would make things a whole lot easier :-))If you want to do it legitimately, what are you feeling about coming for a "holiday" but applying via the JET programme?