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  1. I am an American citizen and am looking to return to the United States after 5 years of studying, living and working here in Japan, can you help me find an opportunity?

  2. I have been working in Japan as an English teacher and would like to return to the United States, what opportunities are available?

  3. I am a returning JET participant in a prefecture in which I was an exceptional teacher with tremendous references; what is my market value?

  4. How long should I be in Japan to be able to speak Japanese at an acceptable business level?

  5. I spent time in Japan and would like to return. What kinds of opportunities do you have available that would take me to Japan?


  1. I am an American citizen and am looking to return to the United States after 5 years of studying, living and working here in Japan, can you help me find an opportunity?
    We have found that the vast majority of our clients are very interested in hiring returning Americans. So, the quick answer to this question is "yes". However, the complete answer requires more explanation. Specifically, our clients are very interested in hiring "returned" Americans.
    With the exception of individuals who are currently Senior Managers in large, well-known corporations, our clients will not realistically consider individuals who have not yet relocated back to the United States. Occasionally, we hear of individuals that are able to successfully repatriate with company assistance, but the search process is inevitably longer than a search conducted from this side of the Pacific and the options are much more limited for the person had he/she been living in the United States.

  2. I have been working in Japan as an English teacher and would like to return to the United States, what opportunities are available?
    The answer to your question is complex; if you are looking to continue working in TEFL or similar educational work, we simply are not equipped to assist in your search. If your work was not part of a career focus and you speak fluent Japanese, then we can often assist in your search for a new opportunity.

  3. I am a returning JET participant in a prefecture in which I was an exceptional teacher with tremendous references; what is my market value?
    You have a tremendous asset in your favor; international experience and some foreign language capability. This alone sets you apart from the vast majority of Americans.
    Based on the assumption that you are trying to maintain your connection to the US/Japan market, we recommend that you perform a personal, honest assessment of your skills and abilities.
    Candidly, based on supply and demand, your market value will typically be less than the amount that you earned in Japan. In a recent career preparation seminar by our General Manager, 95% (23 of 24) of the JET participants started in new positions at less than the wages received from the Japanese government.
    But, considering the generosity of the Japanese government, even a comparable package is usually extremely attractive for most returnees. America's leading companies hope to acquire the international exposure from individuals like you.

  4. How long should I be in Japan to be able to speak Japanese at an acceptable business level?
    We have found that two years in a largely Japanese environment is a fairly common length of time required for Americans to develop adequate business level spoken Japanese. Those individuals with Japan-related undergraduate degrees or exceptional language acquisition skills will typically progress much faster while those individuals who function in a primarily English speaking environment will require longer exposure to the language to reach the same level of competence.

  5. I spent time in Japan and would like to return. What kinds of opportunities do you have available that would take me to Japan?
    Typically, our Japan-based searches are restricted to Japan-based candidates. In some cases, our clients are looking for someone to train in the U.S. prior to assuming a comparable role in Japan. Since these opportunities are fairly rare and often require individuals with engineering degrees, we rely on system notes to identify those candidates available when positions become available.
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