Group Lead Key Account Manager, Machining Industry
Salary: ¥6.6M ~ ¥14.0M / Year
Location: Tokyo, Japan
English: Business level
Application: Must currently reside in Japan
Grundfos, a world-leading manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems, is looking for a key account manager to be responsible for regional and global frame agreements, all aspects included, from legal commercial, quality and delivery perspective.
You must have a degree in engineering ideally in the fields of mechanical, electrical, process or industrial engineering.
The Internal Sales Coordinator will act as the first point of customer contact via phone, fax, and email. Ensure quality customer service level with quick response time and understanding customer needs. This role will be based in Hamamatsu, Japan.
A Bachelor’s degree is a plus but not mandatory. You must have experience at least 2 years of work experience.
In this first installment of our cool part-time gigs and side hustles you can do in Japan, we’ll look at an English teaching job for the Japan Self-Defense Force, an opportunity in STEM, medical Science Proofreading, localization gig for a gaming company in Tokyo and an English and Cooking Teacher in Kobe.
These are great ways to make money on the side or even prepare your resume for a switch in careers.
1. English and Cooking Teacher
Enjoy cooking and live near Kobe? How about teaching a relaxed English class with cooking as the centerpiece right in the heart of Kansai?
This neat little opportunity will pair your love of cooking with your English skills for a part-time gig as a kitchen-based English teacher for Kobe-based Cooking Talk.
You’ll use cooking as a tool to share English with students interested in cooking. Classes are held in the downtown Sannomiya area, and transportation costs are included up to ¥1000 per day, covering most teachers living just outside the city.
English and Cooking Teacher – English Cooking school in Kobe
Digital Hearts is a leading provider of localization services to the gaming and publishing market and is looking for part-time localizers. Here’s what you’ll need to throw your hat in the ring:
Conversational Japanese (N2 recommended) and native fluency in either English, German, French, Italian or (European) Spanish
Have a current residence in the Kanto area and visa status that allows for this type of work
A love of gaming and a sincere interest in the industry
Spring and summer are the peak season for recruitment in Japan. If you’re considering a career change but don’t know where to start or you’re interested in what it’s like behind the scenes at Japanese companies looking to hire, GaijinPot has you covered with our next GaijinPot Direct on June 15.
GaijinPot Direct is our opportunity to highlight companies that are actively hiring foreign talent. At this event, you can see videos and interviews created by the very people doing the hiring on GaijinPot Jobs. You can check out our previous version of the GaijinPot Direct jobs showcase below.
Our next GaijinPot Direct happens on Tuesday, June 15 at 8 p.m. It will kick off with a 20-minute YouTube video featuring several companies currently hiring in Japan and a live Q&A with GaijinPot. This all-online event will continue until the end of summer taking video deep-dives into specific industries and employers.
What to expect
GaijinPot Direct is your chance to discover job opportunities in Japan. Besides seeing the work presented by the same people that could be hiring you, it’s also a chance to understand what it’s like to work in Japan.
The June 15 showcase will feature 10 employers from six industries: education, engineering, information technology, localization, recruitment and transportation.
Participating companies include Hennge, Gaba, Kspace, Digital Hearts, Rosetta Stone Learning Center, Apex, Yaruki Switch Group, Galileo, Kinder Kids and Hinomaru Kotsu.
How to join GaijinPot Direct
Visit our YouTube link here before June 15 and set a reminder for the premiere. The GaijinPot Direct stream will begin at 8 p.m. (JST). The live chat with GaijinPot will start at the same time. Our friendly experts will be standing by to answer any questions you might have.
If you miss the premiere, visit the GaijinPot Direct page here to see all the participating companies’ videos and apply …continue reading
Obama City located in Fukui Prefecture is looking for a writer, tour guide and PR specialist to help promote and represent Obama City to the world and foreign visitors.
Your main duty will be developing and writing tourist information guides, signs and other printed materials as well as managing media relations aimed at an international audience on their website and social media.
You must have business level Japanese ability. Native speakers of English, French or Spanish are welcome as long as you have good written abilities in English (if not your native language).
Styling tips from fifth-generation owner of a business that began before samurai were allowed to cut their top-knots.
SoraNews24’s Japanese-language reporter Masanuki Sunakoma has been on a bit of a mission lately, looking to change up his hairstyle by seeking out advice from some of the country’s most unusual hairdressers.
His most recent hirsute pursuit took him to Shibagaki Barber Shop, located in Yokohama, about an hour’s train ride from Tokyo, in the capital’s neighbouring prefecture of Kanagawa.
This humble shopfront doesn’t look any different to a lot of neighbourhood barber shops you’d find in Japan, but for those in the know, this is one of the most historic places you can get a trim, as it’s the oldest barber shop in the country.
Founded in 1897, just 30 years after the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), Shibagaki Barber Shop predates the government-issued Danpatsurei Edict of 1871, which allowed samurai to cut off their top-knots cut and wear their hair in Western styles.
Once the edict came about, the founder of Shibagaki Barber Shop, Eikichi Shibagaki, switched his business from hairdressing to haircutting to adapt to the changing times.
▼ Eikichi is the man seated in this photo, with second-generation owner, Kyutaro, standing behind him.
During the Meiji Period (1868-1912), Japan underwent a period of westernisation that extended beyond hairstyles to influence all facets of daily life. During this time, Shibagaki Barber Shop was located at the same place it was first established – at Sumiyoshi-cho in Naka-ku, Yokohama.
▼ This 1906 photo of Shibagaki’s barber shop shows the western influence evident in the uniforms, furnishings and decor.
But hey, intense as those three days of drawing sessions may be, that means she’s got the other four days of the week off right? Not really, because Takahashi is both the artist and the author for her series, so she’s also responsible for crafting the story and writing the characters’ dialogue.
So the real question isn’t just what her drawing schedule is like, but what her whole work week is like. Thankfully, that’s what Takahashi posted in an update through her new Twitter account, where she details the entire timetable for producing a chapter.
The ball starts rolling with a meeting with her current editor. After various chitchat and any merchandising topics they need to discuss, Takahashi lays out where the manga’s plot is going to go in its next chapter. The meeting usually takes about three to four hours. Next, Takahashi gets started on the “name,” as the manga industry calls preliminary storyboards. She says she can produce about six pages of the storyboard in a day…and that she starts at 11 p.m., and finishes work for the day at around 6 o’clock the next morning! Later that day, she has another brief meeting with her editor about the storyboard so progress so far, and the process repeats for three days until the name is finished.
You don’t become one of the most prolific manga creators of all time without putting in some very long hours.
Many famous anime/manga creators are known for their one big hit, but not Rumiko Takahashi, for whom Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, and Maison Ikkoku are just a handful of her claims to fame. Her series aren’t short, either, as she’s drawn four that went for over 30 collected volumes, and even her short story anthologies, Rumic Theater and Rumic World, have five volumes each.
So how does Takahashi produce such a gigantic body of work? A fertile imagination and distinctly developed visual style are no doubt helpful. But even those will only take you so far, and the rest seems to be shockingly long hours Takahashi puts into her craft.
Takahashi started a Twitter account this week, and one of her very first posts was sharing a copy of her daily schedule when she’s drawing the art for a manga in serialization.
So let’s take a look at a day in the drawing working life of Rumiko Takahashi:
● Before noon: Do the inking for seven or eight pages of character artwork ● Noon: Eat lunch, do housework ● 4 p.m.: Read, do housework ● 7 p.m.: Eat dinner, do housework ● 9 p.m.: Start drawing new artwork
OK, that doesn’t seem too bad, right? Sure, there’s what looks like a long gap in the middle, followed by going back to work around the time a lot of people would be starting to think about getting ready for bed, but those aren’t too unusual for professionals in creative fields, right?
But what happens next is where things get crazy. “If Takahashi starts drawing at 9 at night, when does she go to bed?”, you might be asking. “There’s something missing from schedule for the day, right?”
Becoming an English teacher in Japan is an exciting experience. You’ve taken the plunge and set up your interviews. But what’s this? You will need to perform a “demo lesson”? IN this article I’m going to show you how to make a good demo lesson that will help you land the job, as well as prove to yourself it’s really not that scary.
Teaching English in Japan usually only requires a bachelor degree from a university. Therefore many teachers have no formal training in education, and have amassed their skills through hands on experience, personal study and dedication. Whilst this is all very good, how can you give a demo lesson at your first interview before you have ever stepped in the classroom? The answer is to read on!
First of all, any good interviewer understands where you are. The demo lesson from a first year teacher will not be expected to be a work of art, nor to adhere to the latest advancements in education science. The point of the demo lesson is to assess your personality, understanding of a specific part of English, planning abilities, question answering skills, and so forth. There are many skills required of a teacher, and they want to know if you’re really interested in the job. With this in mind, your ultimate goal should be confidence. Confidence in your knowledge, confidence in your abilities, and confidence in yourself. A teacher who doesn’t know what they are teaching will not inspire a desire to learn in students.
What should a demo lesson consist of?
Depending on your interviewer, company and interview stage, the demo lesson could range from a five minute demo to a 30 minute ordeal. Be sure to confirm in what kind of time limit frame you are expect to perform.