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hushashi wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:57 pm
I don't want to disagree too much, but one of my mates from Oz who is 55, got hired sight unseen by Gaba. They sponsored his visa, although I am not sure if he has a degree or not. Perhaps yes.
Unless the requirements have changed drastically, you need a 4-year degree - in something, not necessarily English - to qualify for a Specialist in Humanities (English conversation teacher) visa, amongst other things.
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Where there is a will, there's a way.
Definitely! I had some unusual twists along the way with regards to work/residence permission. Patience and the ability to deal with all the paperwork properly are highly recommended.

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hushashi wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:57 pm
I don't want to disagree too much, but one of my mates from Oz who is 55, got hired sight unseen by Gaba. They sponsored his visa, although I am not sure if he has a degree or not. Perhaps yes. He then ended up falling in with one of his students who makes good money and now they live together.

The guy had more than his share of bad luck over the years so this was a string of wins that I was glad to see. Probably, from afar, it didn't look like a wise plan to move here. But in reality, it was just what he needed.

Where there is a will, there's a way.
Thank you so much! Yes you are right, where there is a will there is a way! I am two years away from a degree, so who knows...might get it. Thank you again.

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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:31 pm
You'll need money for rent and food and travelling to your school and you're only allowed to work 20 hours a week from what I remember. You could always teach on the side for extra money but it wouldn't be enough to live on without a bunch of money saved.
Obviously if you have the money you could do 2 years in language school and then enroll in a Japanese University to earn a degree. But then there is no guarantee you could find a job after, although if you want to get into the care field there are plenty of old people in Japan who will need looking after.

I would second the staying in Australia and flying over for holidays, you can do 3 month trips or whatever.
Yes True, I can come over for trips...possibly an idea. I am looking to buy a cheap country house. So I would not be renting. Yes teaching on the side is a good idea. Thanks

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VanillaEssence wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 10:08 am
I’ve got to say that I think you’ll be in much better shape staying in Australia. Super and pension mean you’ll actually be able to retire, I can’t envisage how you’d be able to retire in Japan. Getting a degree only to earn below the Australian minimum wage as an English teacher doesn’t sound like a great plan. I don’t want to be too negative, but I really think your best bet is just to regularly travel to Japan once that is possible.

You can’t change to part time once living here. The only way you could only work part time is if you had a spouse visa. Also, employers will ask your age, and age discrimination really is a big thing here. I think this will especially be in play because the English teaching company will have to sponsor your visa.

Starting a business here is not so easy either. I don’t know what the capital requirements are. A friend of mine has an Australian coffee place and he works 16 hour days. My advice is stay in Australia, enjoy your pension and travel to japan as often as you can.
Australians can get the Aussie pension if they live in Japan and work there for 10 years. So I was coming from that angle. How much do they pay by the way for English teaching these days? It must have gone down over the years. Yes, I was thinking some kind of a dating business. As it seems so many Japanese people are not meeting each other and so many unmarried people and single and they pay actors to go on dates....this was on a couple of documentaries over here.

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There are many dating companies already operating here, and apps are the main thing anyway. You’d have to find a particular niche to make that work. Problems with not dating is because of the terrible work culture. Eng teacher usually gets 2.5million per year

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Lukahj wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:12 am
Australians can get the Aussie pension if they live in Japan and work there for 10 years. So I was coming from that angle.
Damn, that's a thing? You lucky bastards.

Also as far as dating goes you could try the unofficial dating app Hello Talk.
I mean that's not what's it's for but it seems to help people out in the love department.
I write a load of bollocks, don't take me seriously.

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Hi Everyone, thanks for all your replies, I think I am going to buy a little country house anyhow and just come over for a few months of the year. But how do you think I will go renting it out through Airbnb? or is there any other Japanese alternative?
I am thinking something not too remote and close to somewhere with lots of walks, beautiful place to visit that travellers would love.

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AirBnB is still the biggest one here. You need to properly license them these days. https://www.rethinktokyo.com/2018/06/13 ... apan-guide

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Post by Zasso Nouka »

As @VanillaEssence says you need proper licensing to do Airbnb, which I think is actually a good thing when you hear some of the horror stories about Airbnb.