On the Live Work Play Japan Podcast we talk to the most inspiring teachers, freelancers and entrepreneurs in Japan, so you can learn the secrets of their success. Go towww.liveworkplayjapan.com/podcast to see the show notes.
I've got Hee Gun Eom on the podcast to talk about building a coworking space in Tokyo!
In this podcast (among other things) we talked about:
Growing up a "third culture" kid in Japan and attending Tokyo American School
Coming back from studying in the US to help the family business
Helping young people in Japan by teaching entrepreneurial programs to give them alternatives to 就活 (shukatsu - the Japanese job hunting system)
Getting funding from the Japanese government to help start the coworking space
Staying open to collaboration and creating a community of makers and creatives.
Find out more about Nishiogi Place here.
I’ve been in Japan for more than 6 years now and during my time here I’ve built up a resume that includes some famous and highly regarded schools.
Getting those kinds of jobs has some requirements, and there are some ways that you can get there faster than if you did what I did and just came here straight out of university to teach at any English conversation school that would take me.
So let’s talk about how you get there.
There are a lot of options for work in Japan, and especially in Tokyo, but what do you do when you have learned everything you need to in an industry you don't want to stick around in? What if your real passion is fitness?
You can make changes to your life in Japan that stick. All you need to do is change your perspective. Take the time to make changes you want to make inside instead of waiting for changes in the world. Let's talk about rules for 2019.
Robert Millar is a serial entrepreneur, and owner of the co-working space Ginza HUB. He’s been working and building up businesses in Japan for over twenty years, and has a lot of experience both of massive successes and also big failures, which we can all learn from.
Ken Matsunaga started his English coaching business in Japan five years ago, and has already cleared $1m in revenue. We're going to talk about doing good, setting intentions and the most important things to do when starting a language teaching business in Japan.
Here are the rules I've learned about how to get the apartment you want at a price you can afford, based on my experience moving five times in Japan in three prefectures. In this podcast I'll share my seven rules for finding the best apartment you can in Japan.
I'm excited to talk with Declan Somers from Seibo Japan NGO. They have been helping to provide school meals for children in Malawi, but have had some struggles operating as an NGO in Japan.
The Warm Hearts Coffee Club helps give the growers a great deal, and also provides tens of thousands of children with school meals. Find out more at https://warmheartscoffeeclub.com
BONUS Drinking Game: Take a drink every time Charlie says: "Wow!"
I met Tristan at a blockchain event, and in this podcast he tells us all about how he built a business around his passion for Japan and Japanese culture.
We will talk about:
Being inspired by Japanese culture and the Japan Day in Dusseldorf.
Doing an exchange program in Saitama and studying Japanese to improve his Japanese before coming to Japan to live.
Starting Kaikoku and bringing Japan to the world, and the world to Japan.
Some advice to network for entrepreneurs in Japan.
Lucasz is really inspiring for me, because he is an example of what is possible if you believe in your power to control your life. A lot of work out here is in English teaching, but if you work on your passions (like Lukasz does with Photography), then you can radically change your path.
We will talk about how you don't need a Japanese partner to start a business in Japan, you should hire for attitude, not aptitude, and choose business partners that cover your weaknesses - and much more!
Meet Elizabeth Mueller, a friend who has built her business around her love of travelling in Japan. How can you make money while travelling, you ask? Listen and find out!
We will talk about being inspired to live in Japan and not just do whatever it takes to stay here. We'll talk about designing your work and your business around the kind of life you want to lead. Show notes at liveworkplayjapan.com/podcast
In this episode Charlie talks to Alex Fraioli, the owner of Critical Hit Bar in Nagoya. Starting a business in Japan can be an incredibly tough challenge, and while you don't need Japanese you do need to have a lot of resilience. Alex shares his entrepreneurial journey with us.
In this podcast Charlie talks to Diego, a successful university and international school teacher in Japan. He is the most conscientious teacher I know, and his students love him way more than mine do. We will talk about Diego’s rocky start in Japan – from out in the middle of nowhere with screaming, crying children and a roach infested apartment, to a highly paid university instructor in the biggest city in the world.
In this podcast Charlie talks to Peter, the owner of JobsinJapan.com. There is nothing this man doesn't know about finding better work here. Listen to this podcast to learn all the mistakes you're making when applying for jobs in Japan, and all the tricks you keep trying that HR managers can smell a mile away.
We look back on the past few years in Japan and talk about how to be successful here. Martin and Charlie sat down to talk about what is changing in Japan, and what foreigners in Japan can do to be successful.
In this episode we will learn about the internship culture in Japan. How are internships viewed in Japanese society? How can one negotiate an internship with Japanese companies and other tactics to expand your network in Japan so you can not only get internships, but find full time jobs and even make new friends?
Learn how Marco quit his job as a headhunter and before the next rent was due on our apartment, he was able to find a teaching job paying more than he had ever earned previously in his entire career using a simple but all too often forgotten technique.