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Making it Big in Japan: Stories, Lessons and Advice from Expats Living the Dream

Making it Big in Japan: Stories, Lessons and Advice from Expats Living the Dream

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Making it Big in Japan is your ultimate guide to living, working and playing in Japan.  

The information you get about Japan from reading articles online in English only scratches the surface. Like an outdated textbook, the advice seems to be stuck in the 1980s, without reflecting the real pace of change in Japan. There is a need for more clarity and explanations of information that is often only available in Japanese. 

To fill this gap I have interviewed the people who influenced me, served as role models, or offered valuable perspectives along my 7+ year journey in Japan, to share their knowledge to all those interested in living and working in Japan. I hope this book will answer all the questions I had before landing in the country. 

We’ll cover finding work beyond English teaching, setting up a business, learning the language, navigating complicated and frustrating visa processes, understanding the hierarchical culture of Japanese workplaces, mastering the do’s and don’ts of dating in Japan, scaling career progression, and much more. 

In the book you’ll get answers to questions like…

  • How do I get a visa? 
  • How do I get a job in Japan?
  • What is the best way to learn Japanese? 
  • What non-English teaching jobs can I get?
  • How do I transition out of English teaching to something else?
  • What kind of career can I have as a foreigner in Japan? 
  • What are the best, foreigner-friendly companies to work for in Japan?
  • How do I start my own business and is Japan entrepreneur-friendly?
  • How can I be a freelancer or consultant?
  • As a foreign woman, what do I have to watch out for?
  • What is it like being the only black employee in a Japanese company?
  • What are the best networking techniques in Japan? 
  • Can I actually have a decent work-life balance?
  • Do I seriously need to get a hanko?
  • What’s the secret to making Japanese friends? 
  • How do I still have fun in Tokyo on a shoestring budget?
  • Where are the best bars and clubs? 
  • What are the best tips for dating in Japan, especially when you don’t speak Japanese? 
  • What’s the best way to travel and discover Japan? 
  • What are the biggest secrets about doing business in Japan?
  • What should I do if I get fired in Japan? 
  • Is full time employment my best bet? What other contract types can I consider?
  • What about raising kids in Japan? 
  • What happens if I get stopped by the police?
  • How do I invest in Japanese real estate? 
  • How can I position myself to obtain a long-term visa and settle down? 

…and much more!

These burning questions, which are answered through 30+ in-depth interviews, shed a new light on what it’s like to live and work in Japan. Many of the interviewees came here to teach English, while others took completely different routes; setting up their own companies, sales, marketing, translating, programming, manufacturing, service jobs, YouTubing, freelancing or studying. Included are details about the series of events that led them here and the practical steps they took on their paths to success.

Whether you’re interested in Japan and are looking for a detailed guide from people who have successfully started a life and built a career in Japan, or if you are already in Japan and looking for ideas/options, then this book is for you! 

About the Author

Misha Yurchenko is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. After a one-year study abroad program in Tokyo, he became enthralled with the country. He decided to move to Japan as a recruitment consultant and didn’t look back. Nowadays he writes about his adventures on his blog, and is the founder of, a global coaching platform.