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Japanese With Friends

Japanese With Friends

By Colten & Tyson
Stories with friends about learning Japanese, experiences with the language, and everything that comes with being a foreigner in Japan. Hosted by Risu Press ( and Japan Switch (
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Intercultural Consulting With Rie Eichmann
Today we spoke with Rie, who works with foreigners looking to work in Japan, helping to familiarize them with the culture and way of working in Japan. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
January 03, 2022
Becoming a Language Learning Coach with Max Wilson
Today we spoke with Max Wilson of Wilson Consulting in Tokyo. He is a sole proprietor in Japan, and assists companies with recruitment support in addition to running language learning coaching for foreigners and managing translation projects. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
December 15, 2021
Language Learning Tools With Sean Anderson
If you've ever wanted to learn Japanese, but you haven't come across the right tool, you should listen to today's chat with Sean Anderson of We talk about the ins and outs of his language learning products, as well as how you can actually create your own. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
November 03, 2021
Getting An Apartment In Japan As A Foreigner
Today we had the pleasure of chatting with Corey Niedzwiecki of, and he walked us through the peculiarities of renting an apartment in Japan – especially as a foreigner. Learn about some of the pitfalls to watch out for, a trick or two to get your contract approved, and how you can cut out the majority of the hassle with one simple phone call! Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
October 19, 2021
Talking Japan Personal Finance With Ben Tanaka!
If you've ever earned a single yen (or you plan to one day), you need to start understanding the ins-and-outs of how personal finance works in Japan. Luckily, we've become acquainted with Ben Tanaka of Retire Japan, and he walks us through some of the basics of investing and planning for the future as a resident of Japan. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
October 05, 2021
Casual Japanese and Moving to Japan with Benjamin Carpey
Want to learn "street" Japanese? Interested in living like a local in Tokyo? Today the 2 owners of Risu Press got together to do an episode, covering tax mishaps, slightly "rougher" Japanese, and how not to ruin your life living long term in Japan. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
September 16, 2021
English Teaching Jobs In Japan With Tyson Batino
Today was a chat between the hosts of Japanese With Friends, exploring the ins and outs of English teaching jobs in Japan, including how much you can earn, what jobs are the least stressful, and the key differences between the major types of English teaching positions available. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
August 23, 2021
Navigating Japanese Visas And Immigration With Tsuyoshi Kawaguchi
This episode was hosted by Tyson; we spoke with a Japanese visa lawyer (gyouseishoshi), Tsuyoshi, about visa applications, the best time to visit Immigration in Japan, and self sponsorship for visas. He breaks down some common myths about applying for visas and also going through the renewal process. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
August 12, 2021
Connecting With People In Japan With Daniel Wiltshire And Tyson Batino
Today we spoke with Daniel Wiltshire about his amazing ability to connect with people (not just in Japan, but in general, too!) and how to grow your social circle in Japan. We dive into what it's like to accomplish this with relatively decent, but not native-level-fluent, Japanese, and break down some common misconceptions foreigners often have about Japanese people. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
July 22, 2021
Japanese Jobs In America With Kasia From Ikigai Connections
Today we spoke with Kasia from Ikigai Connections about her program for job seekers in America looking specifically for Japanese jobs. We discuss important elements of looking for a Japanese job, from interviews to the JLPT level (often) required, and what you can do to position yourself to be highly employable to a Japanese company! Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
June 30, 2021
Dating, Relationships, and Family in Japan with John Lindmeier
Today we spoke with John Lindmeier, of One Coin English in Japan, about what it's like dating and having relationships in Japan as a foreigner. We talk about speaking Japanese with your partner, dating apps, and also what it's like to raise a bilingual child as a foreign parent. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
June 15, 2021
Learning Japanese to Run a Business in Japan with Mike Doan
Today we spoke with Mike Doan (co-founder of Skydea in Tokyo, Japan and also owner of about his experiences coming to the country, learning the language, and co-founding his own creative agency with a Japanese business partner. Growing up in the United States as a half Japanese American, he talks about what it's like to try and reconnect with the language, and how he has approached Japanese proficiency as a key part of being a business owner in Japan. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
June 01, 2021
Starting Work at a Japanese Corporation With Colten Nahrebeski
Today we switched things up a bit, and had Tyson run questions past Colten about his experience finding a job in Japan from Canada, and onboarding into a Japanese company. You'll hear about the process from the Boston Career Forum, all the way through to what the first few months of onboarding were like at a major corporation in Tokyo. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
May 25, 2021
Learning Japanese as An Absolute Beginner With Jessica Brown
Today we spoke with Jessica Brown, who runs Nihongo Connection out of Scotland, about how people can begin learning Japanese and what it takes to make progress when you're starting from zero. She has years of experience helping foreigners become used to speaking in the language, and runs a large (and growing) community of passionate learners. Hear about her journey from knowing nothing about Japanese at all to being on a plane to Japan to be a teacher! Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
May 11, 2021
Communicating in Japanese and Networking in Japan with Anthony Griffin
Anthony Griffin is a communications expert in Tokyo, and runs Saga Consulting. Today, we spoke with him about learning Japanese with a focus on communication, networking through your job in Japan, and how he strategically moved from Eikaiwa work into starting his own successful business. Brought to you by Risu Press and Japan Switch.
April 27, 2021
Learning Japanese and being a digital nomad in Japan with Cindy Bissig
Today we spoke with Cindy Bissig from Obsessed With Japan at We dive into tech and self employment in Japan, and what it takes to own a niche as a foreigner working in Tokyo. You'll hear about her experience learning Japanese, which allows her to fulfill her commitment to bringing value to her audiences inside and outside of Japan.
April 20, 2021
Tyson Batino and hacking the JLPT
In today's episode, we get to learn how Tyson Batino "hacked" the JLPT to get the N1 certificate.  Japanese With Friends – Experiences learning Japanese and living in Japan, with a focus on how foreigners can learn the language and live life their way in this country. Today we spoke with Tyson Batino, who runs,, and  Hosted by Colten Nahrebeski from Presented by  ① Risu Press - your home for Japanese learning materials, online courses, and for those who want to study in Japan. ② Japan Switch - your source of affordable online and offline Japanese lessons in Tokyo
April 19, 2021