I've always wanted to visit Japan and teaching English seems to be the only way I can stay since my Japanese is not exactly fluent. However, despite those pretty buttons on AEON and the likes that direct the occasional misguided individual to the well-established practice bogus teaching (I should know; I've spoken to some of the "graduates" of their remarkable institutions), I have the misfortune to be a non-native speaker of English. I have been reading in various forums that having 12 years of education in an English-speaking institution can remedy this ailment and so I began to count...
I have a BA degree from a college in NJ and I am about to get a MA diploma in less than two months from a university in Chicago. I also spent another year at an American University in Germany in-between those two degrees. All of this amounts to seven years of studying in US universities.
I also happen to be the holder of a high school diploma from a certain First English Language High School where all the classes I had were taught in English but the school itself is a public school in a non-English speaking country. If it counts, this can add another 5 years for a total of 12.
My question is if this would be enough to satisfy the Japanese embassy. For some reason, I can't seem to find the official requirements.
If that's not the case, are there any options to apply as a non-native speaker?