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Old 03-28-2014, 04:15 AM
Location: Asia
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Hi, since English is not my first language, I hope you can understand what I wrote.

I have some questions I would like to hear opinions from members of this forum:

Is it possible for foreigners (especially Non-Asian) to get a work visa and then work in Japan or South Korea(except teaching English)?

We all know that the majority of foreigners work in Japan as English teachers, but what about teaching other languages?
Can a French/German/Spanish speaker find teaching jobs in Japan easily? Does he or she need any special degree or certification? Would you say there are many opportunities for teaching foreigner languages other than English in Japan?

Besides teaching jobs, I know (from articles, blogs) there are some foreigners who work in Japanese companies or corporations as translator, journalist, photographer or graphic designer, but they are all like experts in their career fields and have decent Japanese language skills. So I wonder whether they are just a small number or are actually quite common. Do you know or have ever met anyone who has worked in Japanese companies in Japan with his or her professional skills?

I donít know much about South Korea and assume that there aren't many differences between these two countries in terms of job opportunities for foreigners. However, I have heard that Koreans are generally more outgoing and more enthusiastic about learning foreign cultures than the Japanese are. Besides, it seems have less regulations than Japan does. Do you think these qualities would bring more opportunities or make it easier for foreigners who want to work there?

I ask these questions because some foreign friends of mine (from non-English speaking countries) have dreams about working in Japan & South Korea and we have discussed about the possibilities. I do want to encourage them but Iím sure in reality it is much more difficult than one might think. All foreigners I personally know who have worked in Japan are Americans and Canadians teaching English there.

Can anyone in this forum who have been to or worked in both countries provide some advice or success stories? Thank you in advance for any input!
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:06 AM
Location: Mount of Showing the Way
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Occupation necessary to Japan.

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Old 03-28-2014, 10:48 AM
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Unless you work for a company that will hire you in Korea, it's extremely hard to get a job.
I know guys who worked for tech companies in Seoul but they were coders. And they worked in an international setting.
So if you have no special skills it will be hard to make a living in Korea. But that goes for any foreign country.
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