Live Work Play Japan Podcast

Live Work Play Japan Podcast

By Charles Moritz
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 to www.liveworkplayjapan.com/podcast to see the show notes.
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Building a Coworking Space in Tokyo with Hee Gun Eom
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.
29:18
April 8, 2019
Game Designer Turned Fashion Designer - Thomas Grové
I met Thomas when we were both taking Seth Godin’s altMBA. He's a videogame and fashion designer based in Osaka, and he has a lot to share about business, marketing and design.
49:29
March 27, 2019
How Do You Become a Real Teacher in Japan
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.
11:18
March 11, 2019
Starting a Successful YouTube Channel with Joseph Everett
What do you do when you lose your job? For Joseph, it was a chance to make his YouTube channel into a full-time career!
48:34
February 25, 2019
Staying Fit, Healthy and Connected in Tokyo with Leo Fuchigami
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?
52:26
February 12, 2019
Blockchain and Recruitment in Japan with Misha Yurchenko
English teaching is just one option to come to Japan, but if you want to build a network and learn about sales and business, there are tons of options. Misha, my guest this week, has you covered.
42:28
January 28, 2019
Actually Achieving Your Goals in Japan
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.
15:05
January 12, 2019
Find a Problem Worth Solving with Robert Millar
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.
40:09
December 18, 2018
Starting a Million Dollar English Coaching Business
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.
36:30
December 4, 2018
Getting a Great Apartment 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.
10:12
November 20, 2018
The Entrepreneur Visa in Japan is a MESS
This week my guest didn't want to be named, because he'll be talking about how much of a mess the new entrepreneur visa in Japan is. I was shocked to hear this stuff!
32:44
November 6, 2018
Why Some English Teachers in Japan Feel Like Frauds
For the first time, this week is going to be a solo podcast where I answer a big question that often goes unvoiced: "Why are English teachers in Japan ashamed to call themselves teachers?"
10:27
October 23, 2018
How To Hustle As a Freelancer in Tokyo with Diana Tsuruda
I talk to Diana about working as a freelance dancer, teacher and yoga instructor in Tokyo, and how she always has interesting and exciting work.
38:20
October 9, 2018
Working More Effectively in Japanese Organisations and Making an Impact with Tove Kinooka
I got to sit down in person with Tove Kinooka to talk about her incredible work with One Young World and her business Global Perspectives.
37:56
September 27, 2018
The Challenges Faced by Non-Profits in Japan with Declan Somers
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!"
22:34
September 3, 2018
Making a Life Around Your Passion for Japan with Tristan Junker
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.
25:11
July 31, 2018
English Teacher to Freelance Photographer to Business Owner with Lukasz Palka
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!
31:21
July 23, 2018
Making a Living Travelling Around Japan with Elizabeth Mueller
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
33:40
July 16, 2018
Tech and Startup Culture in Japan with Yan Fan
Charlie talks to Yan Fan, an engineer and tech founder in Tokyo. Yan runs the coding bootcamp Code Chrysalis in Roppongi, and on this episode we'll talk all about tech and startup culture in Japan.
48:39
July 9, 2018
Building Your Dream Job, A Video Game Bar in Japan with Alex Fraioli
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.
33:40
July 3, 2018
Getting Top Paying Jobs at Universities in Japan with Diego Medrano
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.
50:06
June 26, 2018
What You Don't Know About Finding Jobs in Japan with Peter Lackner
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.
50:26
June 19, 2018
Building a 6-Figure Online Business Teaching English in Japan with Arthur Zetes
In this podcast episode Charlie talks to Arthur Zetes about how he's built a 6-figure business teaching English in Japan and actually helped Japanese people to connect with foreigners.
23:42
June 6, 2018
Being an Entrepreneur in Japan in 2018
Martin and Charlie talk about entrepreneurship, how you can provide enough value to make more money and become financially independent, and finding bigger and better opportunities in Japan.
18:57
June 6, 2018
What Will You Do To Be Successful in Japan?
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.
1:03:25
January 19, 2017
Use Meetup.com to expand your network and get job opportunities in Japan
Today we talk to the Meetup.com Community Manager Hiroyasu Ichikawa to see how meetup can be an amazing tool for building a network, as well as learning skills and being a community leader in Japan.
38:37
July 9, 2016
Internship Japan - Experience Japanese Work Culture and Gain Valuable Skills
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?
57:10
June 24, 2016
The Grandpa Method - Live Work Play Japan Podcast #1
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.
30:23
June 10, 2016
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