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Questions relating to the Japanese environment or business style specific to Japan.

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How do I respond appropriately to an overseas company that obtained a visa for me without hiring me?

I applied for a position with a small company in Japan (I live in the US). The company obtained (at their expense) the documentation for me to apply for a visa that would allow me to work legally in ...
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Seeking to work and relocate to Japan; would knowing Japanese improve my chances?

I just graduated and got hired in April in Germany as software engineer. However, I have wanted since my university days to study/work in Japan, in a video games firm, and this personal ambition is ...
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Is a lowball salary then a part-time offer standard Japanese employment negotiations?

I have recently been interviewing for a remote position with a company based out of Tokyo, Japan. They are a fairly young start up, with one semi successful product currently out. They seem to be ...
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Mentoring a new developer to search

I've recently gotten into the position where I am in charge of mentoring a new developer. While I'm very happy to oblige and and positively influence the career of a younger individual I'm seeing ...
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How to efficiently implement flextime

At my company, unpaid overtime is a common thing, so people end up working really late. Due to the late nights, the start time is relatively late compared to other companies. As it is now, people ...
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Gender equality in new hires [duplicate]

I am managing a team of 15 individuals. The gender ratio in the team is not very good, 8:2 to be exact! All of them have almost the same skill sets. Apparently, there are some vacancies on the team. ...
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Should I stay on a terrible job for one more month?

In June 2018 I had an offer for a job in Japan. The conditions were fine: 9:00-18:00, paid vacation, language support and an ok salary. Personally I moved there because I really enjoy culture and ...
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How to deal with dishonest boss and colleagues [closed]

Characters: Me - senior year college student. Back-end and infrastructure dev.. Boss X - junior year (different) college student Colleague Y - junior year college student (same school as I, we meet ...
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HR employee sent me code test but not know open .c file. Serious problems?

In 2017 I applied for an iOS programmer position with a company, they sent a code test and a survey about different IT technology (most not relate direct with iOS). The code test had three questions ...
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What does it say about a company if they refuse to use anything other than Skype for interviews? [closed]

I tried to interview with two different companies in Japan, but they always want use Skype for interviews and refuse use other software/methods (like telephone interview). I do not want use Skype ...
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How do I greet someone when bowing is the default greeting but I'm unable to bow?

As a Muslim I am only allowed to bow and prostrate to God, not to other people. This is a problem in Japan, where bowing is considered a common greeting. How should I handle greetings at work and ...
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How do I choose the correct Japanese honorific usage for emails?

Just recently, in my company we acquired several devices from one of the biggest companies in Japan. We are currently re-implementing part of our systems with such new devices. During the ...
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What does non-competition and non-solicitation involve?

I am in Japan and I am going to sign a new contract that stipulates confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, nothing else is specified. I know what that means but I don't really know what ...
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Late on payment, possibility to continue. Company going bankrupt? [duplicate]

I tried searching for a similar question but I don't think any of them answer my question. I work for a small company and my superiors have recently told us that they cannot guarantee they can pay us ...
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Specifying very unpredictable timelines

I'm working on an R&D project that is quite complex and has a lot of interconnected parts. A lot of my work is changing or substituting hardware, software, libraries, etc. My boss likes me to ...
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Employer demanding personal internet contract for company usage

I'm an software engineer working together with 2 peers from my company on-site at customer location. We all have to rely on company-provided pocket wifi for internet connection as we are not allowed ...
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Saw a dead person on the way to work [closed]

On the way to work today, I saw a dead person at a train station where my train stopped. This has affected me more than I expected. I am shaking and trying to hold my tears while trying to write code ...
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Is it really normal to receive penalties if I am delivering slowly on other tasks?

I am from Philippines and I am an entry-level asp .net developer, my job is currently home based right now, and my boss is from overseas, we communicate through Skype only and he had never shown his ...
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Keep being productive with overworked boss?

I joined a Japanese financial company N months ago and the expectations set forth by my manager and the reality is strikingly different. Let me give you a couple of examples: I was promised a Linux ...
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How to deal with manager who keep leading project into wrong directions?

My current situation is as follow: i work in a software company, mainly focus on embedded system. i moved into current company in 2016 and started as fresh-man at division X. The current project was ...
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How do you handle continual requirements for targeted reference letters from a small pool of people?

I'm trying leave my current field and get an English teaching position in Japan. One thing that seems to be very common with organizations that hire for this sort of thing is a requirement to provide ...
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handle non-existant bonus

Now 1.2 years ago I moved from Europe to Japan on a request to the company. Raise was issued and I'm pretty happy with it. Fast forward to the last 6 months: I've been doing far too much over work (...
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How should I dress in a japanese company? [closed]

This summer I'll be doing an internship doing R&D (in computer science) in a japanese company. Right now I'm a CS student in college in a western country, so there is no dress code among the ...
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How to ask for a salary re-evaluation after relocation? [duplicate]

I have been working for the same company for 7 years. Recently I have been relocated from France to Japan (8 months ago now), same title and just a bit more responsibilities. In France I was at the ...
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Should I mention I don't do overtime work? [duplicate]

I'm going to look for a new job soon and one of the reasons among others is the demand for overwork time that's very common in Japan. Looking for a new job should I mention that I won't do overtime ...
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Requiring salary information and medical history before first job interview [closed]

Rakuten Japan is asking all candidates to fill out the following forms before their first interview, including, for instance, itemized salary information from your current or previous position (...
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Is it appropriate to ask about an open position by email before actually submitting a full CV?

I am in a dilemma, as the title says. Currently I am at a PostDoc position in science at uni. I was planning to start looking for jobs in the industry in six month from now. Yesterday I found a ...
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Can I ask for a paid internship to not be paid?

I am halfway through a process for obtaining an internship in Tokyo at a big company. Traditionally those internships are paid, and rather well paid. The problem is that, since I'm not a Japanese ...
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Re-send information on question about progress in conversation with Japan company

During a series of interviews with Japanese company I meet the following pattern already 2 times: The interviewer asked me to give some information either by phone or by email. I send the required ...
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Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

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 ...
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Golden Week Holidays in Japan [closed]

Golden Week in Japan consists of 4 days i.e May 3,4,5 and 6. There is a holiday on the April 29th as well. About a month back, my boss told me that there would be additional holidays in the company ...
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How do I communicate in a Japanese Work Culture where the norm is to be less direct?

It is quite common in Japanese culture to communicate using indirect means. Being a foreigner in the workplace I sometimes find it difficult to convey my thoughts. Some examples are: My boss never ...