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    I do really want to work, live and die in japan. I just love this country. So what are my chances to accomplish my dream? I dont care about what my job will be, i dont care if i will be living in a tiny house. I just have to make it happen. I am 18 years old right now. I'll do my army duties and work in my country to make some money just to be able to make a new begining living in japan. I have no degrees except high school diploma and english. What are my chances?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Ouzop1994 View Post
    I have no degrees except high school diploma and english. What are my chances?
    zero. 0. nil.

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    • #3
      Really? Not even as a cleaner or a dishwasher or anything?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ouzop1994 View Post
        Really? Not even as a cleaner or a dishwasher or anything?
        You need a visa and a full time job before someone will sponsor you for a proper work visa.

        No one will sponsor a foreigners as a cleaner or a dishwasher when they can pay a Japanese high school student 800 yen an hour to do it.

        If you are a native speaker of English with no degree you can not even get English teaching jobs, except with a Working Holiday visa, unavailable to Americans. Canadians can get, but visa is valid for up to 12 months.

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        • #5
          My advice would be that if you're going to be doing military duty, then devote as much time as you can to Japanese study. The military will be a 5 year commitment, which gives you more than enough time to not only study diligently, but to also take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) exams and possibly get up to the N2 level, which is seen as a level of acceptable fluency by most companies. N1 would be even better, but that would basically give you the ability to read a newspaper in Japanese, something which can be achieved after you get here.

          As you're on active duty or working, save up as much as you can, as most parts of Japan are quite expensive and it's always great to have money in the bank to fall back on.

          While you're studying and saving up, try and gain an understanding of the job market in Japan. I believe that there are opportunities available for translational work for a range of companies, especially if you can show you have a very adept level of Japanese ability.

          I commend your sincerity in wanting to even do blue collar work in Japan as a means of getting to the country, but you're very young and it's important to use the next few years to position yourself such that you can have an acceptable standard of living. One day, you're going to have a family and will want them to enjoy a decent lifestyle. Now is when you begin preparing yourself for that future.

          Lastly, maintain a positive attitude. Realizing one's dreams and desires takes hard work and dedication. If you're willing to dedicate yourself to achieving your goal, you can get there. Just keep that goal in mind and work towards it every single day. It may not be easy, but it's also not impossible.

          In case you're still considering college, I would recommend it. You can take courses in Japanese and build up your credentials to one day join a company in Japan.

          Best of luck dude. Ganbatte kudasai.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Max Payne View Post
            In case you're still considering college, I would recommend it. You can take courses in Japanese and build up your credentials to one day join a company in Japan.

            Best of luck dude. Ganbatte kudasai.
            Realise also that you are competing with thousands of bilingual Japanese and foreigners for jobs and its very rare to get hired for Japanese ability alone. Screeds of paper have been shed on the need to develop solid business skills or some kind of professional qualification. Knowing Japanese is icing on the cake. Think about what you actually want to do with your life and what you can contribute to Japanese society rather than simply the desire to live here. Each year it gets harder and harder to survive here and without proper skills and training you will not even get past the start line. Having dreams and ambitions is fine but you also need to be practical and realistic as well. Americans need a minimum of a degree to qualify for most working visas so you should aim to at least qualify from college with a minor in Japanese or Asian studies.

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            • #7
              To OP: I hear Fukushima is looking for workers.

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              • #8
                Thank you for your answers.Arigatou max payne. By the way, i am from greece, a non native english speaker. + My chances for college are gone since i f***ed up my schoolmarks.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ouzop1994 View Post
                  Thank you for your answers.Arigatou max payne. By the way, i am from greece, a non native english speaker. + My chances for college are gone since i f***ed up my schoolmarks.
                  Since you're only 18 you may as well fly out here and try to get a job as a waiter or something.
                  There are plenty of gaijin waiters here and I presume they don't all have degrees.
                  And hell, if it doesn't work out you at least had a holiday in Japan.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ouzop1994 View Post
                    My chances for college are gone since i f***ed up my schoolmarks.

                    Your case is pretty standard in this forum. Many people f**k up at home and than have the illusion they make it big in Japan :


                    "Shall I stay here at the zoo
                    Or should I go and change my point of view
                    For other ugly scenes
                    You did what you did to me
                    Now it's history I see

                    Here's my comeback on the road again
                    Things will happen while they can
                    I will wait here for my man tonight
                    It's easy when you're big in Japan

                    Aah when you're big in Japan-tonight...
                    Big in Japan-be-tight...
                    Big in Japan...ooh the eastern sea's so blue
                    Big in Japan-alright, pay!
                    Then I'll sleep by your side
                    Things are easy when you're big in Japan"

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                    • #11
                      Have you been to Japan? If so, for how long and what did you do?

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                      • #12
                        No my friend. Unfortunately i have never been to japan.

                        I dont have the illusion of making big in japan. I already said that i dont care about the job as long as i can live at least in a tiny house without tv,furnitures or a car.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ouzop1994 View Post
                          i dont care about the job as long as i can live at least in a tiny house without tv,furnitures or a car.
                          Better search real estate listings, and see what that tiny house will cost you, even without tv, furniture of a car...

                          Minimalistic zen life....
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by trip_hop View Post
                            Better search real estate listings, and see what that tiny house will cost you, even without tv, furniture of a car...

                            Minimalistic zen life....
                            I hear you can get an entire ghost town for just a few yen in Fukushima. The downside is you'll need to spend the next 5 decades in phytoremediation to leach out all the plutonium, cesium and other heavy metals present in the soil.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by trip_hop View Post
                              Better search real estate listings, and see what that tiny house will cost you, even without tv, furniture of a car...

                              Minimalistic zen life....

                              What many people don't realize is that this house is actual size.

                              Domestically,
                              A.

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