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May 23, 2017

Beating the Bullies: Tackling ijime in Japan

The Japanese call it “ijime,” but you and I know it more commonly as “bullying.”

May 17, 2017

When Good English Classes Go Bad

Everyone has their favorite classes, and likewise everyone probably has those one or two classrooms that they dread stepping into each week.

Senpai Kohai System
May 10, 2017

Experiencing Japan’s Senpai-Kouhai System at Work

What are some of the ways that the Japanese system of “sempai and kohai” manifests itself during working life in Japan? One ALT shares his experience.

Teaching in Japan
May 3, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide Part 2

Part 2 of our guide to landing that teaching job in Japan.

Applying to teach in Japan from overseas
April 25, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide

Thinking about coming to Japan to teach? This guide offers a basic overview of the application process along with useful resources for more info.

April 18, 2017

How to Survive on a Basic Teacher Salary in Japan

Tips for making that ¥250,000 go the distance from somebody who’s been there, spent that.

April 11, 2017

A Guide to Pensions for Foreign Residents in Japan

To say that Japan’s pension system is complicated is a bit like saying that the sun is rather warm. We’ve broken it down for those of you planning to stay here long term.

April 4, 2017

Sick Pay in Japan: What You Need to Know

Ever heard of the Japanese government’s Injury and Sickness Allowance?

March 28, 2017

A Quick Guide To Taxes in Japan

As the old cliché goes, the only certain things in life are death and taxes.

March 21, 2017

Why Can’t Japanese Teachers of English… Speak English?

Many Japanese English instructors lack an ability to speak the language they are hoping to teach their students. What might be some of the reasons?

March 14, 2017

How I Tackle Issues of Race and Identity in the Classroom

One ALT shares his experience of tackling the “gaikoku” topic with his students.

March 7, 2017

New Year, New Students: How to Handle the First Lesson

How can ALTs make the best possible impression in their first classes of the new academic year?

February 28, 2017

What’s the Deal with Mascots in Japan?

At times adorable, at other times terrifying, these larger than life characters have ingratiated themselves into almost every facet of Japanese public life.

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