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Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Diogenes_in_Tokyo » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:50 am

I'm an American who's been in China the last 8 yrs but I accidentally overstayed my visa. I just found out today that, thanks to China's new immigration law, I have a month until I must leave the country for the near future.

So, now I'm looking for any job opportunities in Japan. I'm comfortable in Japanese (I pay the bills as a J-E technical translator) and highly conversant in Chinese. I've haven't had to job hunt in 11 years or so, so I'm more than out of practice.

I'm also 39 and formerly lived in Japan (7+ yrs).

Any suggestions? At this point I'm not choosy about where I'd live (lived in pre-meltdown Fukushima for 2 yrs and Tokyo for 5) and since I'm unmarried I can relocate anywhere. Obviously, I'll have to find a cheap short-stay place first until I've saved up enough to rent better.

Any ideas or suggestions? Time's short and I'm more than open to recommendations...
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Mogura » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:50 pm

Hey man, how ya been?

From time to time I've seen IT job postings in Japan requiring fluent Chinese. Singapore might be an option as well if you're interested in going there.

As for Japan, if you're wanting to go the Engrish/Eikaiwa route for getting a visa, getting established, etc., then this is a good time to apply, come over and do interviews, etc. for jobs starting in April...
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Diogenes_in_Tokyo » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:56 pm

Mogura wrote:Hey man, how ya been?


As you can see, things have been better :wink:

Mog wrote:From time to time I've seen IT job postings in Japan requiring fluent Chinese. Singapore might be an option as well if you're interested in going there.

I wish I could, but my programming skills are very, very basic (I had just begun taking a class in C++), so I think billing myself as an IT pro would be a stretch.

Mog wrote:As for Japan, if you're wanting to go the Engrish/Eikaiwa route for getting a visa, getting established, etc., then this is a good time to apply, come over and do interviews, etc. for jobs starting in April...

At this point, beggars can't be choosers.

Ta'ar for the advice.
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Sankyuberymucho » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:51 pm

Diogenes_in_Tokyo wrote:I'm an American who's been in China the last 8 yrs but I accidentally overstayed my visa. I just found out today that, thanks to China's new immigration law, I have a month until I must leave the country for the near future.

So, now I'm looking for any job opportunities in Japan. I'm comfortable in Japanese (I pay the bills as a J-E technical translator) and highly conversant in Chinese. I've haven't had to job hunt in 11 years or so, so I'm more than out of practice.

I'm also 39 and formerly lived in Japan (7+ yrs).

Any suggestions? At this point I'm not choosy about where I'd live (lived in pre-meltdown Fukushima for 2 yrs and Tokyo for 5) and since I'm unmarried I can relocate anywhere. Obviously, I'll have to find a cheap short-stay place first until I've saved up enough to rent better.

Any ideas or suggestions? Time's short and I'm more than open to recommendations...


Was there a lot of work in China for an J-E translator? Also what made you decide to go to China ? You must have enjoyed it there to stay 8 years !!

That sucks about accidentally overstaying your visa. You'd think they'd be a bit lenient. I was thinking of heading to China for a bit of English teaching, but after investigating and deciding it sounded a bit much like teaching in Japan but worse, I decided against it. Anyway good luck, I hope you can find something.
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Mogura » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:19 pm

Oh, forgot to mention this yesterday... it might be a good idea to find out whether you could continue your J-E translation work (via a remote work agreement) despite leaving China. All you really need is a laptop, software and an Internet connection to continue working...
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Diogenes_in_Tokyo » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:33 am

Sankyuberymucho wrote:Was there a lot of work in China for an J-E translator? Also what made you decide to go to China ?


I probably should have explained - I live in China but do freelance J-E translation for clients who are all in Japan.
The translation market here in China is pretty crap, and every Wang, Li, and Zhang calls himself a translator with
no time abroad and middle school-level English learned from a similarly unqualified Chinese teacher with no time
abroad and middle school-level English.

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(the sign's actually for a 'scenic spot and bathroom')

As for why I'm here, uni fees are cheaper than in Japan so I could afford to take classes.

Mogura wrote:it might be a good idea to find out whether you could continue your J-E translation work (via a remote work agreement) despite leaving China. All you really need is a laptop, software and an Internet connection to continue working...


As I said, I basically telecommute already and would have no problem living and working anywhere with electricity
and an Internet connection.
The main benefits of being here in China are the lower living costs, minimal time difference from Japan, and
use of a somewhat similar language.
Right now I have 3 options:
1) I might be able to live somewhere else in China (if I find someone somewhere with connections in Immigration)
2) Or I might be able to find work back in Japan
3) worst case, I'll head back to the States and simple work over the 'net

Regardless, by the 3rd of Feb I'm relocating
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Re: Leaving China for...Japan???

Unread postby Mogura » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:04 pm

DIT, Are you in Japan now? Did you manage to find work?
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