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Old 12-16-2015, 10:55 AM
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My 22 year old daughter just moved to Ottawa from England and is seeking work. She has just graduated with a degree in Japanese and can speak/read/write Japanese. She has a two year work visa and has taken a job in shoe shop to get some income, but would love to work in a role where she can use her Japanese. Any ideas or leads would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:31 AM
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Canada is a favourite tourist destination for Japanese people, but not around Ottawa.

They flock to The Yukon, to see the Northern Lights, and to Prince Edward Island, to go to the Green Gables / Lucy Maude Montgomery tourist attractions. Neither of those is a year round job, unfortunately.

Alternatively, she could try looking at translation services for business people, or working for a company that does bus tours for Japanese tour groups. Being able to speak to customers in their own language is all ways an advantage.

Jim B.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:52 AM
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yeah... Ottawa is on the Niagara-Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City tourism circuit that many groups follow. There might be some work there with Japanese groups. Mostly in the summer though.

Some Japanese tourists also come during the winter during Winterlude but not sure if there are enough to warrant hiring someone to take care of them.

Aside from that well being the capital Ottawa does have a Japanese embassy so that's another option.

How's her French?
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:57 AM
Location: Alberta, Canada
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She might do well in Banff, Alberta.

In spite of the fact that it is Alberta, which nobody ever thinks speaks anything but English, there are a surprising amount of businesses in downtown Banff that speak nothing but Japanese. These are where the busloads of Japanese tourists seeing the Canadian Rockies are eventually guided to. These businesses make their money off Japanese tourists, and they might need a Japanese-English speaker to deal with the English-speaking tourists who stumble in, unaware that Japanese is the language of the shop.
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Old 12-18-2015, 05:51 PM
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There are Japanese students at the universities. Could she do the reverse, and tutor English and do translation for these Japanese students? She might find some freelance opportunities doing that. Just a suggestion.
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