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Finding an apartment in Tokyo that is affordable and accessible can be a challenge. With so many train lines and neighborhoods out there, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with our series on the Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo.

Coming up next, take a ride on a staple of many a Tokyoite’s daily life—stretching from central Chiba to Mitaka in western Tokyo—the Chuo Sobu line.

Overview

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The beautiful banks near the Chuo-Sobu line’s Ichigaya station.

The Chuo-Sobu line stretches across a whopping 39 stations. Several of which offer some of the most affordable neighborhoods you’ll find in Tokyo’s east and west areas. The line also has some of the city’s most popular spots, such as Akihabara, Shinjuku and Nakano.

The line’s Japanese name, Chuo–Sobu Kanko Sen, means “slow-moving Chuo–Sobu line” due to it being part of a two-line system: the yellow Chuo-Sobu line—having only local and semi-express trains—and the orange Chuo line (rapid), a service that stops only at the major stations.

The commute

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The ride is pretty comfortable during off-peak hours.

While convenient connections, affordability and excellent accessibility are fantastic, there are caveats. The Chuo–Sobu line is so popular that you’re not likely to expect a seat at any point in your journey. After all, Shinjuku—the destination for many commuters on the line—is the busiest station in the world.

Notably, the morning rush between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. can make you question your sanity and your salary. The congestion …continue reading

    

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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones.

You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

Niwaka

Customer Service & Marketing Research

  • Company: Niwaka
  • Salary: ¥3.4M / Year Negotiable
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Niwaka, a luxury brand that offers high fashion and bridal jewelry, is looking for a customer service and marketing researcher to join their team in Kyoto.

Your main duty will be handling inquiries and orders from overseas customers, performing marketing research on the jewelry market, analyzing customer behavior and building the English content on the company website.

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Celsys

Localization & International Marketing

  • Company: Celsys
  • Salary: ¥4.5M / Year Negotiable
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Celsys, an IT development company, is looking for multi-talented candidates to help develop their graphic solution software, “Clip Studio Paint.”

You will be responsible for the localization of the software and its website for the European/North American/Germany/Spain audience.

You must be native in either English, German or Spanish.

Candidates with interests in marketing will also have the opportunity to handle tie-up projects to promote the software, web advertisements, social media management, PR and search engine optimization of the website.

Any educational background is welcomed. Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, other graphics software or in digital art (illustration, etc.) is also welcomed.

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As a young adult, my dream was not unlike many others longing to live in Japan: move to a big city like Tokyo, work and live there, speak Japanese. For those who have the grit, drive and talent, this path may very well be attainable. However, my goals changed quite a bit.

As I grew older, I realized that I was not too fond of the hustle and bustle of big cities. Moreover, the competition for work sounded stifling and soul-crushing. Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and even the colder cities of Hokkaido can have a superabundance of skilled foreign workers—typically with impressive Japanese skills. Thus, I considered my chances in the rat race slim.

However, I was able to land a job at an eikaiwa (English conversation school) in a semi-suburban neighborhood in the Hokkaido city of Sapporo. Admittedly, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted from my life here. Still, it opened the door to something better and—thankfully—my career in Japan didn’t end there.

An unexpected offer

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Even chilly Sapporo can feel too busy.

By chance, and after nearly five years of working at an English school, I received an offer via LinkedIn from a doctor to work for him at a private clinic in Shinhidaka, almost two hours south of my home at the time. I had never met him before, nor had I applied for the job previously. Hence, the offer was surprising.

He said my bilingual English and Japanese skills, customer service experience and physical proximity to his clinic made me a prime candidate for a position at his clinic. It was a great offer. However, proximity was a huge factor because this clinic is in a relatively …continue reading

    

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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones.

You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

G-7 Crown Trading Co., Ltd.

International Sales Executive

  • Company: G-7 Crown Trading Co., Ltd.
  • Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥1.0M / Month (Negotiable, based on experience)
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Crown, an import and export car company, is looking for an overseas sales executive to sell, export and source vehicles that match clients’ needs from local suppliers and automotive auctions in Japan and North America.

You must have biz-level English and conversational Japanese. Russian, Thai, Arabic, Spanish or Chinese abilities would be a big plus.

Benefits include a commission-based system to top your monthly salary up to ¥1M.

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日本語オンラインスクール合同会社

IT/ Software Engineer

  • Company: 日本語オンラインスクール合同会社
  • Salary: ¥4.0M ~ ¥8.0M / Year (Negotiable)
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

As an IT/Software Engineer, you will be in charge of the whole IT development chain from design to implementation in coordination with front-end and back-end engineers.

You must have conversational level Japanese and have at least three years of professional experience in system development (preferably with the following programming languages: HTML, CSS, Javascript, React, Typescript, Node.js, Java, PHP, C#, C++, Python, AWS, GCP, Azure).

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Embassy of Belgium in Japan

Embassy of Belgium Administrative Assistant


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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones.

You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

G-7 Crown Trading Co., Ltd.

International Sales Executive

  • Company: G-7 Crown Trading Co., Ltd.
  • Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥1.0M / Month (Negotiable, based on experience)
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Crown, an import and export car company, is looking for an overseas sales executive to sell, export and source vehicles that match clients’ needs from local suppliers and automotive auctions in Japan and North America.

You must have biz-level English and conversational Japanese. Russian, Thai, Arabic, Spanish or Chinese abilities would be a big plus.

Benefits include a commission-based system to top your monthly salary up to ¥1M.

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日本語オンラインスクール合同会社

IT/ Software Engineer

  • Company: 日本語オンラインスクール合同会社
  • Salary: ¥4.0M ~ ¥8.0M / Year (Negotiable)
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

As an IT/Software Engineer, you will be in charge of the whole IT development chain from design to implementation in coordination with front-end and back-end engineers.

You must have conversational level Japanese and have at least three years of professional experience in system development (preferably with the following programming languages: HTML, CSS, Javascript, React, Typescript, Node.js, Java, PHP, C#, C++, Python, AWS, GCP, Azure).

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Embassy of Belgium in Japan

Embassy of Belgium Administrative Assistant


If you are working in Japan but don’t speak Japanese, work options can be a little limited. Sure, being an ALT is fun but it can be hard to save enough for weekend travelling or spending sprees in Animate.

Looking to earn a little extra? Teaching English online is an easy and convenient part-time job in Japan. Read how to get your online teaching side-hustle started.

Benefits of teaching English online

  • It’s flexible. You can choose your own working days and hours to fit your schedule.
  • You can work from home. You can save on commuting costs and work in your pajamas (from the waist down!)
  • You can choose your students and build good relationships with them

Who are the students?

Most online English students are adults. They have maybe studied English in high school and after, so they will have a basic knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar.

Each student will have different needs and requirements. For example, some students may want to practice casual, daily conversation. Some students want to practice EIKEN or TOEIC speaking tests. Some students want you to pick a topic and test them on pronunciation and grammar. It’s important to ask your students what they want to achieve from your lessons.

What qualifications do you need?

Different companies require different levels of qualifications. Some request you have a bachelor’s degree, 6 months to two years teaching experience or a TEFL certificate.

How can I teach English online in Japan?

The easiest way to start an online English teaching job in Japan is to sign up with an online lesson company. Here are a few of the companies we recommend:

AEON

The AEON Corporation is one of the largest and longest running English conversation schools in Japan. Founded in 1975, they now have over 250 branches in every prefecture in Japan. They pride themselves on …continue reading

    

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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones.

You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

G-7 Crown Trading

International Sales Executive

  • Company: G-7 Crown Trading
  • Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥1.0M / Month, Negotiable, Commission Based, Depends on experience (Negotiable).
  • Location: Kawasaki, Kanagawa
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Crown, an import/export car company, is looking for an overseas sales executive to be in charge of selling and exporting to sourcing vehicles that match the needs of clients from local suppliers and automotive auctions in Japan and North America.

You must have biz-level English and conversational Japanese. Russian, Thai, Arabic, Spanish or Chinese abilities would be a big plus.

Benefits include a commission-based system to top up your monthly salary up to ¥1M.

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Xylem Japan

Customer Service

  • Company: Xylem Japan
  • Salary: ¥250,000 ~ ¥375,000 / Month, Negotiable
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Xylem Japan is looking for a customer service staff to provide quality sales and order support to customers while striving to add customer value by meeting established customer service levels.

You must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suit and have at least a JLPT N2 or similar level of Japanese.

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Japan Commerce Corporation

Sales & Office Coordinator

  • Company: Japan Commerce Corporation
  • Salary: ¥160,000 ~ ¥1.0M / Month, Negotiable, Commission Based
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
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If you’re dreaming of a career in Japan that’ll allow you to leverage your hard-earned Japanese skills, this list of jobs is for you.

It’s split between jobs with a very tight candidate pool that would benefit from more exposure and those that more of us might apply for regardless of our current positions. Nevertheless, there are some neat gigs in here this month, so let’s get to it.

Car yard assistant

Are you good with cars or enjoy machines more than people? If you’ve got a penchant for driving and are handy when it comes to light automobile repair, this job might be for you.

In this entry-level position, you’ll put your fancy driving and mechanic chops to good use as a yard assistant with Japan Partner, one of Japan’s largest internet-based automotive export enterprises. Located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, this job is ideal for anyone yearning to resettle.

If you have better-than-average Japanese language skills, a Japanese driver’s license, are open to overtime and love working outside, you should apply. Temporary housing and visa assistance are also available while you’re searching for an apartment in Aichi to help kickstart your move.

Japan Partner LTD

Car Yard Assistant

  • Company: Japan Partner LTD
  • Salary: ¥250,000 / Month Overtime work is available if desired and will be paid separately
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Basic
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Must have valid work/spouse/study visa
Physically fit
Preferable simple car repairs or dismantling experience

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Environmental health and safety manager

Pinkerton Tokyo is seeking an environmental health and safety expert living in Japan. It’s an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to ally with a global and historic brand in Japan’s corporate risk management space.

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If you’re looking for your next job in Japan, or just wanna keep your ear to the ground, our weekly Top Jobs section is something you’ll want to check.

Whether it’s in Education, IT and Software Engineering, or retail, or if you’re looking for jobs in Tokyo, Osaka or anywhere else in Japan, we’ll post some of the most interesting new jobs on the board right here. As always you can apply directly from the individual job page with your resume – simply make a profile on our site and start your job search.


Backend Engineer

Where: Minato, Tokyo, Japan

Find out more HERE.

One Day Sport Event Instructor

Where: Kanagawa

Find out more HERE.

Blockchain Engineer

Where: Tokyo

Find out more HERE.

English Teacher

Where: Tokyo

Find out more HERE.

English Instructor

Where: Awaji Island, Hyogo

Find out more HERE.

Innovative School Teacher

Where: Tokyo

Find out more HERE.

KIS Teacher

Where: Kumamoto

Find out more HERE.

Japanese Bank Writer/Translator

Where: Tokyo

Find out more HERE.


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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones.

You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

Nagoya University

Nagoya University English Digital Content Manager

  • Company: Nagoya University
  • Salary: ¥4.0M ~ ¥7.0M / Year (Negotiable)
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

Nagoya University is seeking a skilled specialist to lead the management of the English website of Nagoya University, create multimedia content, and implement the digital and online aspects of its international public relations and communications strategy.
The successful candidate will fill a position in a brand-new university international public relations office on April 1, 2022.

Communication with Japanese-speaking IT professionals in Nagoya University and external IT companies is essential.

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 24, 2021, at 12 p.m. (Japan time).

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Nagoya University

Nagoya University English Writer/Copy Editor

  • Company: Nagoya University
  • Salary: ¥4.0M ~ ¥7.0M / Year (Negotiable)
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

Nagoya University is seeking a highly-skilled specialist in copywriting/copy editing to create content and review materials for all communications and public outreach activities in the new International Public Relations Office, to begin April 1, 2022.

Japanese fluency is preferred. However, applicants with extensive experience as a copywriter do not require Japanese proficiency.

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 24, 2021, at 12 p.m. (Japan time).

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