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February 13, 2018

Awkward English Teacher Interviews in Japan

Some of the questions future ALTs were expected to answer range from the unconventional to the downright bizarre!

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January 23, 2018

Location Situation: Can an English Teacher Afford to Live in Tokyo?

There is a continual debate over what locations in Japan offer English teachers the best earnings versus savings potential so we break down some facts and figures to come up with our No. 1 choice.

January 17, 2018

The Smartest Answer Isn’t Always the Best One: 5 Tips for ALT Interviews

It’s that time again for English teachers in Japan: meeting with new companies, schools and boards of education to secure a new contract. These five tips can help.

December 20, 2017

GaijinPot’s Top 12 Articles for 2017

This year, our most popular articles cover pretty much everything we believe the GaijinPot beast to be: all the info you need to navigate a successful life in Japan.

November 1, 2017

What’s Up with School Culture Festivals in Japan?

It’s a culture festival, but in another very real way, it’s also the blood, sweat and tears of your students… It’s bunkasai!

September 27, 2017

5 Ways To Set — and Keep — Boundaries as an ALT

Contrary to popular belief, ALTs have a voice. They just need to use it… strategically.

September 15, 2017

Need a Change? Over 10 Different Job Types for Foreigners in Japan

There are a hundred different reasons that people come to the land of the rising sun, but once you fall in love, you’re going to need to find a job.

August 3, 2017

Story Hunter: Universal Messages Drawn without Words

A new “silent” manga contest is looking for the next great talent — and an editor to guide them.

June 8, 2017

5 Major Pros of Working in Japan

Working in Japan, especially at a local company, can be tough but there is always a silver lining!

May 26, 2017

Wheels Down: Arriving as an ALT in Japan for the First Time

Before you arrive and after you get off the plane, mind these key points to ensure a smooth transition to your new career.

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.

May 15, 2017

The Next Steps: After a Successful ALT Interview

You did research, nailed the interview and the company has offered you a job — congratulations! What happens next?

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