I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things.
He told me that in Japan people are expected to work for not less than 10-12 hours daily. Your managers expect you to stay late everyday because that's how you show your respect to the work.
I'm a 9am-5pm guy. I'm very worried whether this will cause a problem for me if I accepted this offer. I don't want to look like slacker although I'm spending the required 8 hours at work.
Do Japanese companies expect their worker to work for extended hours daily? Is this very common or is it just a special case? Are there any companies that value a 9-5 guy like me? How do you recognize such a company?