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Positions may be offered before one enters the country and they are usually well paying as the cost of living in Japan is high. Credentials for the best positions must include university education. Contracts are signed usually for up to one year. Competition is high for these lucrative teaching jobs as increasing numbers of foreigners make the transition. Japanese people are high achievers and are very committed to learning English. The best time of year to come to work in Japan is in March which is the start of the school year.

Be aware that if you work outside of Tokyo you may need to obtain an international drivers’ license as schools can provide the teacher with a car. There exist such employment programs where the teacher works alongside a Japanese teacher to help one get oriented to methods used in the country. Some foreigners take up to six months to adjust to the culture. Full time salaries for qualified teachers are estimated at $2,100 US per month based upon an hourly wage, return airfare is usually provided, and a minimum number of hours can be arranged. Private lessons can be charged at $20 to $40 US per hour. Income tax rates are low. Some schools will provide accommodations free of charge.

References:

Collin, Peter and Collin, Simon. Guide to English Language Teaching 2005.Modern English Publishing Ltd. 2005. pp. 169-170.

Hachey, Jean-Marc.The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas. Intercultural Systems Toronto Canada 2004. p. 527.

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