I am the next Amherst-Doshisha Fellow at Doshisha University in Kyoto. I will be living on the Imadegawa Campus beginning in August 2012 with a Cultural Activities visa. Therefore, I am pretty much set. The question pertains to my girlfriend. She and I have already put down a deposit on a small house near the Imadegawa Campus that we are renting directly from the owner (he doesn't live there) so she will definitely be coming with me. She applied for jobs with Borderlink and a few other large English language instruction companies and reached at least a second interview (she is waiting to hear results from a few, still). Currently she is teaching ESL in her home state (Florida) for a small private school, so she has experience. She also speaks, reads, and writes Russian very well (she worked with Russian books in the Library of Congress last year), as well as late-basic Japanese. Because of our arrangement with the home, she will be coming with me when we arrive at the beginning of September regardless of her visa status (tourist, work, etc). With her experience, will it be possible for her to find work while on the tourist visa and then change over? I am aware that it is technically not allowed, but it seems people do it often and it is the most common advice I have been given. We hoped she would get a work visa sponsorship before coming, but that may not happen at this point. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks!