Looking to Move to Japan

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Like the title says, I'm looking to move to Japan and get a job there in the future. I'm currently learning Japanese from Japanesepod101 and I'm gonna take a Japanese history and culture class in college. Anyone have any tips or tricks?
 
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Just be warned, Japanese are very racist and xenophobic. Moving there would be akin to moving to your home country without citizenship, you'll be essentially cheap labor/2nd rate citizen by Japanese. It's just how they are. The Swiss have a similar reputation of despising expats/immigrants. Good luck!
 

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Can confirm. Some people will even refuse service to you if you are Caucasian, store will refuse to sell you things and resturants might refuse to make you food.
 

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I cant believe they are that bad, I'm going there for two weeks in November so i will put these comments to the test.


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I cant believe they are that bad, I'm going there for two weeks in November so i will put these comments to the test.


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I was surprised by this as well. While I've seen and heard that they are sometimes spooked by outsiders, that seems a bit much. However, I've seen multiple sources that they are less polite with people trying to live there than tourists. Okay to visit, not okay to try to integrate.
 

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Tips and tricks? Well if you're a native of the USA you'll definately need to brush up on the Metric System. Also brush up on laws, holidays, currency exchange, and also culture which I see you've mentioned. But do not just leave it at finishing that college class and then go there. This will be a culture shock for you once you get there if you've lived in the USA and learned about Japan even. Also make sure you know that when someone calls you a "gaijen" sounds like guy-gen, that it's definately not a compliment and get out of that situation. I commend you that you are so committed to being a part of that country and culture, but know that it will take you a while to integrate into the fabric of that society.
 

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Some hotels will also refuse to give rooms from what I hear.
 

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A ex-classmate who now live here, have seen these famous hate-speech public march/rally :
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/japans-xenophobia-problem/
The laws against xenophobic and racist hate speech are almost nonexistent in Japan.
She also complained that depending of the city, the housing can be very expensive for a ridiculously small space volume...
But this country is still fascinating .

Maybe you could look for a japanese correspondent for improving your language? Or maybe your college will have an exchanges student program? Best luck to you:graduate:
 

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Can confirm above post, saw a recent report about that on NHK Newsline.
 
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