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Perhaps you speak fluent Japanese and are wondering just what in god’s name you’re going to do with the skill.
Maybe you’re dying to live in the land of anime and robots, so you cross the pacific and look for work in the motherland.
The average 35 year old male only makes 3,500,000 JPY annually (that’s about 30k USD with current exchange rate), and while living in Tokyo isn’t actually that expensive, salaries are still far below their American counterparts ().
Women are even worse off in Japan: a 35 year old Japanese woman earns much below her male counterpart at 2,900,000 JPY annually (that’s about 25k USD at current exchange rate), so just being a woman will automatically give you a pay cut–but hey, but that’s also another topic entirely. The average Japanese employee receives two bonuses a year (one in January and one in June) that, combined, can be worth half a year’s worth of salary.
They stay to keep the ‘wa,’ or harmony of the office.
Japan is a very collective society, so they like to stick together and work as a team.
It was my dream to live in Japan someday, and I knew with my cultural and language skills I could land a job at a big company like Toyota.
Sadly, for many salarymen in Japan, life ends with the pink slip. If you google Japanese salaries, you may be alarmed at just how low they are.
Even if you suck at your job and spend half your shift sleeping on the desk, you’re still part of the big company family and papa company is going to take care of you.
The retention rate at Japanese companies is much higher than other developed countries; however, the few employees that are fired by their company take it really hard; like, suicide hard.
Leaving before your superior, or even your senpai (seniors aka people that worked there longer/are older than you), is awkward.
I mean, if Tanaka-san leaves at 5 pm everyday but everyone else works until 10, then Tanaka-san is, essentially, a selfish bastard and doesn’t care about his fellow man. The only one who can get away with leaving early is the foreign English teacher, because s/he’s not a “real” member of the team—but that’s a story for another day.Perhaps you’re just super unlucky and end up working at a Japanese company by fluke accident.