Okay, so some may know, I was looking for a job a few weeks back. Anyways, to the point, I found two places willing to hire me. One being a small school and the other being a medium sized school. The first place to offer me a job was the small school, and they told me that they always have teachers come to Japan on a tourist visa, but then they go to the immigration office and switch to a work visa. Oh course, the first thing that came to my mind is that is a terrible idea. They claimed that they've done this multiple times and never had any issues. They claim that it's much faster and easier which is the reason they do it.
So, then I was offered a second job at the larger school, but they also mentioned that they want teachers to do the same and come to Japan on a tourist visa for the same reasons. My question is, is this normal these days? I had always read that what they are claiming is not even possible as most people are required to leave Japan in order to get their work visa. After the larger school said the same thing, I seriously started to wonder about it.