Japanese MMA Bible
Faking it and other topics
refers to lying about your experience or degree status
in order to get a job. You must have a degree to get
a full working visa, but you don`t need it for a working
holiday visa. Therefore you should only even consider
this if you are not eligible for the latter (e.g. too
old, already had one). You can buy mail-order degrees
over the internet. Considering the language and cultural
barriers this MAY fool an employer. Some smaller schools
have even said that they`ll accept them if they like
you (happened to one of my friends). The next hurdle
is to fool immigration. I`ve no idea what the chances
are, but make sure you get the dates right.
easier to fake your experience in teaching, but bear
in mind that nearly all the good jobs will actually
check your references. Small schools don`t usually bother
cos they offer you the job at the end of the interview,
so the lying is just a `foot in the door` tactic. If
you`re going to lie about teaching in Japan, then make
sure you get a new passport so they don`t wonder why
you didn`t have a visa stamp from that job (most companies
photocopy your passport).
try to make the lie convincing by visualising your imaginary
school and classes and the funny stories about those
much easier to fake experience in the UK if you`re applying
inside Japan. Get a friend in the UK to agree to be
`XYZ English School` when he answers the phone and they`ll
give you a sterling reference. That way you`ll hoodwink
anyone calling from Japan. There`s so many tiny little
English schools around the UK that it won`t matter that
they are unheard of.
normal deal in Japan is to use an internet cafe. Usually
the internet seats are within a comic / manga cafe.
Expect to pay between Y380 - 500 per hour. But there
are free alternatives. I use the communications corner
in NTT (the big Japanese telecoms company). Most of
their branches have one. You are supposed to stay only
20 minutes but when its quiet you get alot longer.
Virgin megastores have a cafe with internet access.
Its free so long as you buy some sort of food or drink
while you`re there. There are big stores in Shinjuku,
Ikebukuro and probably alot of other places.
gaijin-houses offer free internet with the rent package.
much money to bring
you`re coming with your job already organised, the company
will give you advice. Expect to spend about 700 pounds
if you DON`T have to pay a bunch of rent up front. From
then on, Japan is about as expensive as living in central
you`re coming here and then job-hunting you need alot
more, depending on your visa status and how high you
are pitching yourself for a job. If you come on a working
holiday visa and stay in a gaijin house, then you`ll
pick up some sort of bill-paying work within
a week so you just need enough to get by until pay-day.
If you live tight, then maybe 100 pounds a week not
you come on a tourist visa then allow for up to six
weeks after signing your contract for getting
the visa. Finalising your job might take as much as
two to 3 weeks from interview to contract signing on
top of this.
a guide, I enjoyed a reasonable standard of living on
the following expenditure:
Y10,000 per week average.
you live tight, your first month should be about Y100,000
not including rent. The longer you stay, the more likely
you`ll be picking up a bit of work here and there to
pay the bills to sustain you for the real job-hunting.
then everyone, happy hunting and training!