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Hi Joppa, thanks for your reply. I was under the impression that Japanese public debt is running much higher than countries like the UK and US at around 190% of GDP, and the reasons for the stronger Yen were not so much Japans strength but rather the EU and US weaknesses. I was hoping that when the EU and US exit the recession the Yen would fall against these currencies and its export driven economy would then start to create greater demand in Japan. At the risk of turning this thread into an economics debate I think I will leave that side of things alone for the minute.

I think my original plan of going over and looking for Jobs is not really viable given recent events. I'm still committed to heading over, when there's a will there's a way I guess, but I will take your advice and look for a job before I head over. I don't think its possible for 4 people to get jobs in the same city or even the same region initially, but for my partner and I, the option we're considering at the moment is for one of us to get a job offer in the Kansai region before we head out then the other to look for a job when we get there. In a perfect world we could both have job offers before we go but I don't see that happening. I was thinking that if we have one income and a decent amount of cash saved up (i'm thinking of 2 million Yen or there abouts), before we head out it should give us a decent chance of the other getting a job eventually. I don't know if this plan is viable or not or how long this much cash would last but I can't really think of a better one at the minute, any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi Joppa, thanks for your reply. I was under the impression that Japanese public debt is running much higher than countries like the UK and US at around 190% of GDP, and the reasons for the stronger Yen were not so much Japans strength but rather the EU and US weaknesses. I was hoping that when the EU and US exit the recession the Yen would fall against these currencies and its export driven economy would then start to create greater demand in Japan. At the risk of turning this thread into an economics debate I think I will leave that side of things alone for the minute.
While public debt is high, but so is the level of private savings which almost equals government deficit. So while the bare statistics look bad, the overall fiscal health is quite good in comparison to UK. Rise in yen has been stoked by flight to quality/safety from sovereign-debt-ridden eurozone and high government/consumer debt in UK.

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Hi Joppa, thanks for your reply. I was under the impression that Japanese public debt is running much higher than countries like the UK and US at around 190% of GDP, and the reasons for the stronger Yen were not so much Japans strength but rather the EU and US weaknesses. I was hoping that when the EU and US exit the recession the Yen would fall against these currencies and its export driven economy would then start to create greater demand in Japan. At the risk of turning this thread into an economics debate I think I will leave that side of things alone for the minute.

I think my original plan of going over and looking for Jobs is not really viable given recent events. I'm still committed to heading over, when there's a will there's a way I guess, but I will take your advice and look for a job before I head over. I don't think its possible for 4 people to get jobs in the same city or even the same region initially, but for my partner and I, the option we're considering at the moment is for one of us to get a job offer in the Kansai region before we head out then the other to look for a job when we get there. In a perfect world we could both have job offers before we go but I don't see that happening. I was thinking that if we have one income and a decent amount of cash saved up (i'm thinking of 2 million Yen or there abouts), before we head out it should give us a decent chance of the other getting a job eventually. I don't know if this plan is viable or not or how long this much cash would last but I can't really think of a better one at the minute, any input would be greatly appreciated!
That sounds like a much better plan. I recommend staying at a large guesthouse when you first arrive so that you can meet lots of people and start networking not only for jobs, but for other daily living information you will need.

.....This is a sneaky way but still legal....I know of people who accepted a job in a city they didn't want to go, got the sponsored work visa, came to Japan, then quit the job in the first week and moved to where they wanted. Their options were then open to get a job with small private English schools who can't sponsor visas. People often did that with Nova. ...but you didn't hear that from me!

Oh yeah - even if they offer you a job in say Tokyo, doesn't mean they won't change it. I was offered a job with ECC for Kansai but I rang them and asked if I could be sent to Tokyo instead and they complied. With some companies it just depends on who you speak to on what day and what mood they are in!

btw. ECC has a lot of branches in Kansai and are a solid company so not much chance of going bankrupt. Well, not much chance according to my ignorant knowledge!

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Thats some awesome info April, thanks a lot! I think i've formulated the basics of a plan that involves saving cash, completing TESOL course, applying for jobs with ECC the first choice. If we both get jobs then excellent, if not then providing we got enough cash saved up and one income it should give us enough staying power until the unemployed bum gets a job! If we don't like the place where we've been put the unemployed one can look for a job in an area we like, then we can pass on the baton of unemployment to the one previous employed, who can then also find a job in the good region......sounds complicated but I think its a keeper! If anyone can see any flaws in the plan or ways to improve it then please let me know!

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Oh yeah and here is a tip for when you go through the recruitment interview - when you have to role play as a teacher or a student/kid, you are being evaluated on how you behave as a kid more than your role as teacher. Does that make sense?

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Mmm so I now need to find a book on the psycology of a 6 year old japanese kid lol Another quality bit of info April, cheers!

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hahaha! Nah - don't need to go that far. You just gotta be prepared to play act a little. People that just sat there quietly didn't get through.

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