Looking for work in Japan

Don’t worry. We’re still pulling elements of our film together.

I read another article I wanted share.

This time it’s from a blog called “English Bento Box”.

Go on to the full blog entry here.

Job Hunting in Japan
I’ve linked the animated short below. Another article from Global Voices.org even follows up with translated comments (just as English Bento Box mentions in her blog)

In Japan, one thing my wife and her friends have expressed time and time again is the over whelming pressure to gain full time employment immediately after college. For women, this has proven to be even more crucial in having any form of a stable career / life.

Sexism and ageism in Japan is (by modern American standards) completely baffling and frustrating to me.

For men and women over the age of twenty-five, if you haven’t buckled in for that thirty year tenure… you’re doomed. Bouncing around from job to job is frowned upon there. Once you’re hired at a company you’re expected to dedicate your life to that company for the rest of your days until retirement. If not, your career prospects become limited very quickly. It’s also generally accepted that the prestige of your university rather than your skills will determine who hires you.

For women, it is expected that most will marry around twenty five and begin their families. With that in mind, most companies will not hire women in this age range and older despite the rise of single independent professional women. Maternity leave is not common, if practiced at all. Like work, you’re expected to dedicate yourself to being a mother/housewife and major companies don’t want to deal with that. Whatever “that” is.

Two of my wife’s friends are already over thirty years old and know they could not find lucrative work to support themselves if they went back to Japan. Instead, they struggle to get a sponsored work visa to stay in the states where ageism doesn’t come into play until our later years. With that said, they’ve all come to realize how “American-ised” they are.

And you thought looking for work in the states was a struggle.


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