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Alfie Blincowe

English teaching may pay Alfie Blincowe's bills, but when he's not involved giving lessons he is more active with his creative side on his blog. A fan of Japanese literature, history and desserts, Alfie's been known to work in exchange for sweet potatoes as it is where most of his money would go anyway.



Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 2/3: What Will I Pay?

Whether you work in Japan for a limited or extended period of time, here’s a breakdown of the amount you will contribute to the pension plan and what you can expect to get out of it.

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Black Flag: How to Avoid Working for a Shady Japanese Company

It's important to draw the line between working hard and being deviously overworked by a company that may want to bend the rules by manipulating new or junior employees. Here are some tips.

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Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 1/3: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A pension explanation that won’t leave your head spinning.

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Teaching Japanese Kindergartners: 4 Reasons It’s Not as Scary as You Think

While most people first start looking for English teaching jobs in Japan that cater to adults and older teens, teaching young children has its benefits, too.

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