First day

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The majority of new graduates in Japan start their new job on April 1st. There was a ceremony at a hotel close to where the HQ was at. The company […]

Founder the great

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The newly hired new graduates gathered together again for the weekend-long training before the job started on April first. We separated into two groups, one for the creators – artists […]

Shifting wind

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My family was glad that I secured the job at a company publicly listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The videogame industry was relatively new but […]

Shima the artist

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A few months after I received the job offer, my to-be employer held a day-long orientation in a hotel conference room in Tokyo. Over 100 new graduates came together, including […]

Relationship equilibrium

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Noah showed me a different dimension of Tokyo. As a successful white American ex-pat of a major bank, he enjoyed access to the high-quality life Tokyo offered to only the […]

Noah the banker

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I accepted the offer from the company with an ignorantly sexist department head and turned down the other. Sexism was so prevalent in Japanese corporate culture (or everywhere else). Any […]

Job interviews – part 2

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The next company that I got myself an interview with was one of the largest videogame publishers in Japan. Their videogames had an expansive variety of genres – from RPG, […]

Job interviews – part 1

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The first one of the few companies that invited me to an interview was a publicly-traded videogame publisher whose mega-hit arcade game in the ’80s was still one of the […]

Choosing the industry

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I do not comprehend what it means to love a country when Americans express their love and pledge to their country. The word patriotism haunts Japanese people with the memory […]

Job market Y2K

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Students in Japan started shukatsu – job-hunting at the end of their third year, around March. Companies’ recruiters had presentations, where they introduced the company, corporate culture, and available positions. We were […]