h/week (restrictions apply ) • Average salary: 3,500 $ / month • Average rent: 900 $ / month (20~30 m2) • Consumption Tax: 8% • Income Tax: ◦ Under 1.95 million yen per year: 5% ◦ 1.95-3.3 million yen per year: 10% ◦ 3.3 to 6.95 million yen per year: 20% ◦ 6.95 to 9 million yen per year: 23% • Residence Tax: around 6% of annual income Why Japan?
Pick a technology you like and ﬁnd communities • Finding English speaking communities outside tokyo might be challenging ▪ Search for companies using those technologies you are good at or want to be focusing on • Linked in • Wantedly (mostly in Japanese) How and where to Start?
Especially if you are applying from abroad, you will have to compete with local candidates. ▪ Companies have to make an extra investment in you (visa sponsorship, relocation) ▪ Your skills should make you stand out in the crowd. ▪ In my case? I became really good at testing. • Everyone loves coding • … not so much writing tests • But tests are necessary (especially with Ruby) • So that was my edge. How and where to Start?
opportunities for meeting people • Companies looking for hiring • Exchange information on who is doing what ▪ Casual interviews with companies • Not as stressful as real interviews • You get more information on what companies are doing • You make contacts within the companies for when you are ready How and where to Start?
I was in Spain ◦ Applied to Cookpad and Kumapon ◦ Cookpad interview went really well, while Kumapon one was a disaster. ◦ …. But I was rejected in Cookpad and got hired at Kumapon ▪ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ◦ I came to Japan 3 -4 months latter ▪ Arrived to Tokyo December 25th 2010 What went well
4 Million users - Ruby on Rails + lots of caching miracles - 99% Japanese company - Some foreigners… - ...that left shortly after I joined - No English speakers and I could barely speak Japanese - Attended Japanese lessons twice per week by myself - Was REALLY hard at the beginning but also really fun.
(GMO Group) - Ruby on Rails (sort of) - 70% Japanese company - Engineering mostly foreigners - All engineering work was in English! - Very challenging service from the very beginning. - Lots of technical / organizational challenges. - Rewrote the service from scratch in 3 months. - This was really fun. - Also did LOT of mentoring and in general helped people to grow and have a good time.
Complex backend in Ruby, Python... - 99% Japanese company - Only 2 foreigners - Only 2 Englishs Speakers - I was working fully in Japanese - Doing both management and development. - Rewrote the activity feed. - Very challenging and interesting. - Learned a lot. Also it was fun. - Lots of opportunities (speaker at meetups, attending Ruby Kaigi, etc ) What went well
- Complex backend using both Go and PHP - Doing full time management - Managing several multicultural engineering teams - 60% Japanese - I can use English at work! - … sort of - Lots of challenges but also lots of opportunities What went well
and never fully managed to become fluent. - I can speak but barely read - Working in a 100% Japanese environment was always a huge handicap for me. - At the same time, working in a Japanese environment helped me to become fluent at talking (sort of) in about 1 year. What went wrong
hard. - Lots of unwritten rules that makes no sense for westerners. - … and leads to conflicts. - You either adapt or move on. - I would say is impossible to change this culture for medium/big companies - Maybe some hope for small startups? - Glass ceiling is real What went wrong
exciting city in the world, but also can be ruthless. - Being alone in this city can be really hard. - Lots of people around but difficult to make long lasting friends. - Most of the expats here spend 1-3 years - NEVER get in trouble with Japanese police. What went wrong
environment can be really challenging from the cultural point of view - Kohai / Sempai culture can be puzzling. - Staying until your boss leaves - Japanese language (written and read) is going to be vital - Good for deep immersion in the Japanese culture - ...but I would say not so good for your sanity. Advices for newcomers
is an opportunity to expand your network. - Miles, the guy who interviewed me at cookpad ended up being one of my pals here in Tokyo - People you meet at events and meetups can become an important part of your life here. - Making an effort to step outside your comfort zone can help. Advices for newcomers
of helping people do so. - Chances are that you will meet people looking for a job, or trying to come to tokyo. Be nice and help people if you can. - Not because they might be able to help you back, just because is the right thing to do. - If your company is hiring, create recruiting events, hackathons... - Share the info of who is hiring with people looking for a job. Advices for newcomers
is great, but so are many places around the world. - Not making it here doesn’t mean you can’t make it great somewhere else. - Enjoy the good things of Tokyo and Japan while are exciting. - Keep a curious mind. - Find a way to always have fun in what you do. Although this might be hard to do sometimes. Advices for newcomers