How to Become an ALT in Japan

Basic Requirements

1. A university bachelors degree
-Any degree is ok, Latin American Studies, German, Linguistics, Astro-Physics, Sociology, doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least a bachelors 

 2. A clean criminal background check
-Have you been convicted of a murder? Are you a pedo? Do you have outstanding warrants in 3 states? Did you go to jail for a hit and run? Japan doesn’t want you. 

 3. Appropriately healthy and able bodied
-If you have a something that will prevent you from doing your job well, you will most likely not be hired. For example; you can’t use stairs, you can’t stand for 45 minutes at a time, you have a severe speech impediment (I know people here with lisps), things like this prevent you from teaching at full capacity and most places don’t have the time or resources to make special accommodations for you. 

What other skills might recruiters be looking for?

1. Japanese language ability
-NOT required for most positions, but helpful for communication both in and out of the workplace. Unless you live in a metropolitan area, the average Japanese person’s English is VERY limited. I know many people who came here with zero Japanese, but nowadays there are many with at least rudimentary Japanese. People rarely come here fluent, but many people study Japanese while living here to take the JLPT and their level improves by leaps and bounds. I am not one of those people, so don’t ask me for more details lol

 2. TESL/TEFL certification
-NOT required for most positions, but some private companies are starting to lean more towards certified individuals. And honestly, those give you a lot of skills you will absolutely need when teaching English. 

3. Teaching degree
 -NOPE, not required in 99.9% of the cases. I know a few people with them who are ALTs, I’ve heard mixed opinions on how well it helps them as an ALT. Some find it demeaning to work subordinate and be given limited control/responsibilities, other find it freeing because they can spend more time teaching and less time with test related paper pushing and discipline management.

4. Good attitude, flexibility, people skills
-You need to be able to present yourself as someone trustworthy and amiable to recruiters. The environments ALTs work in are often high-paced, prone to sudden last second changes, and being able to make friends in the office and keep a happy face with students is incredibly important. 

5. Prior experience
-Have you worked in a daycare before? Have you volunteered in tutoring centers? Have you led discussion groups as a major requirement?  Have you ever studied abroad? Have you ever volunteered in foreign classrooms? Have you taken charge of a club and organized events? Did you dorm with international students in university? Have you worked for an international program before? Have you given private language lessons before? These are the kinds of things that show you have experience in things that ALTs frequently encounter.

Can I mention my love of [INSERT JAPANESE CULTURE HERE]?

Yes, but keep is professional, relevant, and brief. 

“I became interested in Japan after watching Spirited Away, the cultural aspects of the movie fascinated me and made me want to learn more about Japan.” OK
“I have a collection of anime pillow cases, my favorite is Miku Hatsune in this pose.” NO 

“I started listening to Japanese music in high school. I eventually started learning Japanese to better understand the lyrics.” OK
 "When Pierrot broke up, I was shattered that the fanfic community would move on to other ships.“ NO 

“My school offered a short course on Japanese tea ceremony, and I thought the way that it formed historically was extremely interesting.” OK
“I want to learn the way of the samurai.” NO 

“I’m very interested in Japanese video game production companies. I went to college and majored in game design and I want to further study it by living in Japan and experiencing the community in person.” OK
“I want to play Resident Evil on fiber optic LAN with Japanese players so I can pwn more n00bs when I get back to America.” NO

What kind of ALT positions are available?

First and foremost: READ AND RESEARCH

If you do not do your own intensive research, you can get taken advantage of. You hear horror stories from people here all the time, and those mostly come from people didn’t research what they were getting themselves into. I cannot make a comprehensive guide to the THOUSANDS OF KINDS OF ALT positions across the country, this is only an overview. Look at that link, and always do extensive research of the companies/programs you’re interested in working for.

1. Government
 AKA JET Program
-The JET Program is the only government ALT program. It makes the Japanese government the middleman in your arrangements, which takes less money from your paycheck and gives you a more trustworthy means of income. It’s very competitive and the application process takes about 6 months. They only hire once a year. It’s arguably the best program, as it pays well, you have a lot of guaranteed vacation time, and they pay for your flights to and from the country. On the downside, you don’t really have a lot of say in where you are placed. Also, you cannot get a transfer unless VERY specific requirements are met. Also some prefectures/localities are nicer to their ALTs than others, but if they try to fuck you over you know you have the Japanese government backing you and they will keep you from being taken advantage of.

 2. Private Dispatch
examples: Interac, AEON, Borderlink, JIEC and MANY others
 -These are private companies that workplaces hire to provide them with ALTs. Workplaces do this because some of the intricacies in hiring an ALT and getting them a VISA and housing are really complicated, and they’d rather pay a middleman than deal with it. Upsides, you get a little more wiggle-room with being transferred. Downside by far is the pay. It depends on the company, but that middleman definitely takes a big chunk of your pay. If you work for a place like this, you need to VERY carefully read your contract. Research dispatch companies carefully, check their ratings online, see what former employees have to say about them. 

 3. Private Hire
 AKA working directly under the local government office, a private company, or even one-on-one’s in wealthy households
-These are places that will directly hire you without a middleman. Obviously, you need to look carefully at the details of your contract before working privately. Most local government places won’t hire you without prior ALT experience in Japan. Private English Conversation Schools (Eikaiwa) have non-9 to 5 working hours to provide for business workers and students. They sometimes require you to already have a VISA prior to being hired. Private Hire really is outside of my experience, but from what I understand they can pay as well as JET, but don’t usually have as many perks.

Where do I look for open positions?

GaijinPot is the website I’ve heard of the most. Check there and research research research. There are scammers, be careful. 

JET hires once a year starting around September or October. It’s available online on their official webpage.

There are a bajillion different dispatch companies. I couldn’t possibly name them all, I don’t really have a lot of experience with them, and don’t know which are particularly good or not. Check Google-sensei for their applications, websites, and reputations.

Other than that, please be wary of Craigslist. Although legit job openings do show up, there are scammers. If it’s someone looking for a “private female in-home English tutor from ages 19~25” or something like that, don’t be dumb. Many will require you to have a VISA with a minimum of 1 year on it already. Many will require you to already live in the area of the position. Research everything carefully.

Words of warning

If you think mental health issues are stigmatized in your home country, oh honey you ain’t seen nothin` yet.

If you have mental health issues, Japan may not be the place for you. You may think going to Japan, being surrounded by your hobbies and interests, and just “getting away” will make things better… IT WON’T.

Please be aware that you most likely will not be able to get your meds over the counter in Japan. And it’s not uncommon for your meds to be banned entirely even with a prescription. Bi-polar, anxiety, OCD, depression? Your meds might not be available here. Oh and having people send them over from home by mail can get you detained and deported if you’re caught.

You’ll also be leaving the support of friends and family by coming to Japan. The ALT community is pretty cool, but people come and go so quickly, it’s hard to find groups of people that will stick together through really tough spots.

Supervisors and coworkers aren’t much help either. In Japan, people don’t talk about mental health issues at all. If you take meds for anything other than a physical illness, you do it in private where people can’t see you. If you see a psychiatrist, you do it in a different prefecture, where no one can see you. It’s not uncommon for Japanese people to be asked to leave their jobs because their boss or coworkers have suspicions.

If you self medicate with something like marijuana, be aware that recreational drug use here is VERY VERY VERY illegal. Marijuana use is treated with the same seriousness as crack cocaine. You WILL be caught, you WILL be detained, you WILL be tried without a lawyer present, you WILL be held in solitary, you WILL be convicted of drug possession, and you WILL be deported.

Some ALTs will replace their marijuana use with alcohol. That goes about as well as it sounds :|

For LGBT, if you’re used to a very supportive queer community, it’s not the same here. Japanese people are extremely closeted and unless you live near a large metropolitan area, getting into the gay scene is nearly impossible. I’m fine because I was never in the gay scene back home, but for some people it’s very hard.

If you’re trans and want to come here to transition, please reconsider. I would suggest not coming to Japan as an ALT if you intend to transition in the immediate future. If your gender dysphoria is pretty bad, you’re gonna have a bad time. Gender segregation and enforcement of gender roles will probably seriously affect your mental health. The paperwork for transitioning is even harder from overseas and lot of things need to be done in person so you’ll have to fly back and forth from your home country a lot (which is damn expensive and needs vacation leave). Even if you do get everything done, there’s no telling how your work will respond. They won’t outright say they’re firing you for your gender identity, that’s illegal, they’ll come up with some other reason.

People who come here with a goal like paying off college loans or wanting to experience another culture usually have a better time that people who come here because OMG I JUST LOVE JAPAN. Please keep that in mind.

stars-glow-for-you  asked:

As I was talking over with a friend, I somehow had the bizarre, random thought of what would happen if Yurio found/was from the Court of Cats? Sorry, sorry-- but I thought I'd share? XD

These are two very different questions.

If he found the Court of Cats, if he was led there by some Cait Sidhe fan with a sense of humor, he would wake up by the side of the road with a mouth that tasted like glitter and champagne, and a lifelong ache in his bones, a yearning for something he had seen once, but would never see again.  She might come to him later, when he was skating with a melancholy maturity unmatched in all the world.  She might say she was sorry.

She might not.

But if he was from the Court of Cats…oh, if he was from the Court, how he would rage at the fact that Victor, Rusalka half-blood that he is (and we never speak of the Daoine Sidhe in his veins, never speak of the beautiful woman with the lips as red as blood, the hair as black as snow, who bewitched his poor father so, that she would turn away from good Russian fae and seek the charms of a daughter of Oberon) would leave his own Court behind to go to Japan, to help some two-bit nobody of a Selkie boy whose skin washed up on the wrong shore, who would never have a Cait Sidhe’s elegance or a Rusalka’s poise.

He could have been a King, he would tell Yakov, furious and flailing.  He had given it all away for the ice.  Couldn’t Victor have managed half that much?

And his heart would break every day, for a cat is not a dog, to follow love around the world, but a cat still knows its people, and half his heart would be so very far away.

Oh, fine. You people are so insistent on drudging up bad memories…

Obviously we don’t get along. The bad blood goes back a long way. The Japanese ravaged my country centuries ago for virtually no reason, then continued to meddle in Korean politics for another several centuries.

Finally, Japan decided that wasn’t enough and that Korea needed to become a part of his “empire.”

He did this under the guise of “helping Korea modernize” and “Korea and Japan as one power.” But it didn’t fool anyone. As soon as Japan was in control, Japanese people occupied all positions of power. Everything Korea did was meant to help Japan. Large quantities of any food we grew went to Japan. Mines were dug to mine minerals for Japan. Factories were built for the sole purpose of making things for Japan.

During World War II, he “strongly encouraged” South and I to take on Japanese names and speak only Japanese. It wasn’t really a choice though, because if we didn’t speak Japanese, he wouldn’t talk to us. He said doing things the Japanese way would make us “model citizens.” So, he tried to erase our culture.

It only got worse as the war went on. We tried to fight back, but couldn’t agree on how, and so South and I just ended up arguing much more than usual. It should have been a warning.

About killing Japan– Oh yes, I wanted to kill him. But I won’t. I know what he fears most, but he’s already survived it twice.

Finally, South and I witnessed the terrifying weapon that brought the empire to his knees. He was never quite the same. Now he’s a meek, scared, sorry excuse for a country.

But seeing a glimpse of a power that terrified an empire taught me something very important…

To survive in this new world order–

–I needed to make myself into something even an empire would fear.

((OOC;; Some notes under the cut!))

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anonymous asked:

Winston Churchill didn't starve millions in India. This has been debunked over and over. He tried to help them. Japan was right next door in "Indochina" and you actually believe that Churchill would starve millions in a colony the UK was defending from Japan? How about the 350,000 tons of Australian wheat sent to prevent famine? Canadian supplies too. In reality, corrupt local officials hoarded the wheat and prevented real relief from getting to the needy. Don't blame Churchill, blame Indians

“Don’t blame Churchill, blame Indians”

Who resurrected Churchill so he could send me this anon.

Even the fucking BBC addresses this ffs.

So me and raindrop talked about the future of figure skating in yoi, and here are some headcanons:

Parings: Otayuri, JJbella, mild Viktuuri, Leoji, hinted Chrisnami (not really), hinted SeungChuChu (barely)

((All these headcanons are based on s1 ending December 2016))

  • Yuuri, Viktor, Chris and Georgi all retired after the 2017/2018 season
  • Neither of them had won any gold medal that year
  • Viktor had been known as the “Russian Legend” from the day he first stepped on the ice, to the day he left the ice at age 29
  • He had won five gold medals at worlds in ten years, won the gpf even more often, helped russia win the team trophy again and again and even won european championships often
  • He was sure no one would reach his level easily, and he knew his body wasn’t the way it had been for years anymore
  • Yuuri had decided to stop, because he wanted to start a more “normal” life
  • He and Viktor moved to Japan, and helped Yuuri’s family with Yuutopia
  • Chris had some small injurys over his time as a skater, and now decided to finally give his body a rest
  • Georgi had also realized that his best days were gone
  • Yuri on the other hand was at the start of his career
  • He won Gold at the GPF with his senior debuet, followed by Gold at the Europeans and Worlds, as well as the Team Trophy for Russia
  • His second season was just the same, he made new records, new personal bests with almost every performance
  • He even won Gold at the 2018 Olympics, being the first minor to ever win a medal at figure skating in the olympics
  • And even though he hasn’t won as many medals as Viktor, people were already calling him “the new russian legend”
  • After Yuri had won the Olympics he had kissed Otabek, who won bronze
  • He was feeling so many different ways of happiness he wasn’t even thinking about what he was doing
  • But Otabek had kissed him back and pulled him into a long hug, ending with both of them crying
  • After Viktor, Yuuri and Chris retired a lot of things changed
  • Chris started coaching Minami, who moved to Europe with him
  • Otabek moved to Russia, to also train under Yakov, and he, Yuri and Mila all moved in together
  • Guang Hong had to find a new coach, becuase his coach was pregnant, and moved to Canada, training under JJ’s parents
  • Soon after Leo also went to Canada with his coach, living in the same town as JJ and Guang Hong
  • Phichit and Seung Gil became friends
  • The 2018 GPF was Yuri, Otabek, JJ, Leo, Guang Hong and Minami
  • One time Seung Gil made the gpf instead of JJ, but besides that it siad the same for years
  • JJ and Isabella got married on New Year’s Eve 2018/19 and all the skaters were invited
  • Even Yuri came
  • That night he started talking to JJ, and they realized they actually did get along
  • In October 2021, when Yuri was twenty, Yuri broke his leg, and he was out for the season - and with that for the Olympics
  • That year was a mess in figure skating
  • JJ won the GPF
  • Leo won Worlds
  • Guang Hong won 4CC
  • Japan won the Team Trophy - thanks to Minami
  • And Otabek won Gold at the Olympics
  • Yuri was mad at first that he would only be able to watch at the Olympics, but when Otabek skated off the ice, gold medal arond his neck and tears in his eyes, Yuri was sure he had never been so happy in his life
  • That night all the skaters got drunk and celebrated, even if they hadn’t won
  • Because even if all of them were competitors on the ice, they were friends
  • After Yuri’s leg had recovered he got back to winning everything

anonymous asked:

Third times a charm

Fic I Would Write For This: Viktor and Yuuri dated as teenagers but broke up when they went to different universities, knowing that long distance was unlikely to work out. After they graduate they meet up and decide to date again but ultimately end it when Yuuri has to move back to Japan to help out his family and Viktor’s job forces him to remain. Now years later, Viktor arrives in Japan claiming that he’s never loved anyone as much as he loves Yuuri and he’s hoping they can try again and this time make it work. Since both their breakups before were amiable and Yuuri never really stopped loving Viktor anyway he figures, third time’s the charm right? 

TMNT Happy Ending

This is my personal idea on a more happy ending for the turtles. I’m not saying the other ending is terrible, it did have its moments, I’m just saying that this is how I would have personally made the turtles future.

No mutagen bomb, no desert wasteland, no dead humans. All the turtles and their friends are grown up, and some are married and some have kids. Humans now know of the turtles existence and call them The Turtle Warriors and they live happy lives. Mutants are now excepted into society and they do things that regular humans do. Everyone is just living there lives.

The future arc took place 50 years in the future, this future I made up takes place 20 years in the future so the turtles are somewhere in their 30′s and no mutagen bomb every went off! The world is safe!

If you want details on the turtles lives then keep reading…


In this world Leo has rebuilt Splinter’s Clan, the Hamato Clan. He rebuilt the dojo that was burnt to the ground so many years ago. He lives in Japan with his wife Karai and their daughter. Leo only has one kid and she’s still a new born baby, but the responsibilities and trying to be a good father doesn’t bother him. He has many young students in his clan that he teaches the way of the ninja too that he considers them his own children, so he already has an idea of being a dad. His students respect him and they love hearing his stories about when he was younger and how him and his brothers saved the world multiple times. Karai doesn’t help Leo with the Hamato Clan, because she is busy running the Foot Clan with Shinigami. Leo and Karai ended up rebuilding both clans, and gave both clans good names. Even though they run different ninja clans in Japan, they still manage to have a loving family. The only problem is that one day Leo and Karai are going to want their daughter to pick one of the clans to take over and their going to possibly fight about it. Leo was even able to find a way (thanks to Donnie) to see Usagi again. They visit each other every once in a while, have tea and train together. During the holidays, and especially on Mutation Day, Leo and his family leave Japan and come to visit the others in New York. On Mutation Day all the Turtles and their families and friends all celebrate that special day by meeting up at April’s farmhouse and have a celebration and to see Master Splinter’s grave. On Mutation Day Leo is the one who tells everyone Splinter”s story and how the turtles became who they are.


Raph still lives in the lair in New York along with his wife Mona Lisa and their kids, and Donnie and his family. Raph is happily married to Mona and they have two kids, a girl and a boy, and a third one is on the way. Raph wants his kids to be the best warriors when they get older so him and Mona started training them to fight at a young age. Chompy has grown bigger, but he’s not the size that we saw him in the future arc. (This future only takes place 20 years in the future so Chompy is not that big yet. I’d say hes the size of a car around this time.) Chompy is the family pet and Raph’s kids love Chompy. They like to play with him and ride on Chompy’s shell. Raph is a stay at home dad while Mona is the one who works. I think that Mona’s job involves the Utrom Council or the EPF, maybe she helps Bishop protect the planet from alien threats like she told Sal Commander she would do. Anyways, Raph is very over protected of his wife and kids. He wants his children to be safe. He’s very strict, but only because he cares so much. When it comes to Mona, he loves her dearly. Even after being married and having two kids, with another on the way, they’re still very passionate towards each other, to the point where it sickens their own kids, but Auntie April still thinks its cute and still fangirls over it.


In this future, Donnie is not a robot. When humans started excepting mutants into society Donnie went off to college. When he graduated he got married and he began working as a scientist in Dimension X, with Rook and Fugitoid, who he has repaired. When Donnie is not working, he’s spending time with his wife, April, and their daughter. He lives in the lair with April and his kid, and Raph and his family. Something else that he does is that he tutors his kid and Raph’s kids. The children are home schooled and Donnie is their teacher in math, science, history, reading, and writing. For Donnie, he and April are really happy together. Their marriage is full of trust, love, care and they both love their daughter with all their hearts. Later on in Donnie’s life he FINALLY ends up turning Timothy back into a human and they end up continuing on their ninja training. (Donnie felt bad for what happened so he asked him if there was anything he could do to make it up to him. Timothy wanted to continue training with him.) As for Metalhead 2.0, he did make it. I think Donnie still has plans on putting his conscious in Metalhead 2.0 when he dies so he can continue his work. For his wife, April, she’s a news reporter for Channel 6 (Surprised?). With all her ninja training and her powers she’s the best reporter out there and the best wife Donnie could ever ask for. 


Being the cook in the family, Mikey ends up working at Mr. Murakami’s restaurant to learn how to be a better chef. A few years later, Mr. Murakami passes away and leaves the shop to Mikey. Mikey becomes head chef, and with Ice Cream Kitty as Sue Chef, he ends up turning it into one of the best restaurants in New York City. With humans excepting mutants into society now Mikey decided to live on the surface. Mikey ended up getting his own place. It’s close to the lair and the restaurant. I like to think that its a cute apartment. He lives with Ice Cream Kitty and his wife Renet who is pregnant with twins (boy and girl). Mikey and Renet ended up together. Before he married Renet, Mikey did date Shinigami for some time, but it ended with Shini dumping Mikey. After the break up Mikey turned to Renet for comfort. He needed a friend. A few years later Mikey and Renet started dating and were able to solve their difficult long distance relationship. When Mikey proposed to Renet and said yes, she decided to live in the present with Mikey, but will still works as a Time Master in the future. Mikey is the last turtle to become a father, but he is truly excited. He already loves taking care of his nieces and nephew, so he was trilled when he found out he was going to become a daddy. He has already bought baby clothes and toys and has already picked names for the unborn twins, but there not that creative (Mikey Jr. and Renet Jr.).

For their other friends like Casey, Shinigami, and the Might Mutanimals. I have something in mind for them, but here’s the gist…

Casey is a world wide famous hockey player and is divorced and has kids. His ex wife has custody, but he still gets to see his kids when he’s not busy with work. He’s happy with his life though, he visits Raph and the others when ever he wants. He’s like the fun uncle that everyone loves, but you don’t want him to be around for too long.

Shinigami dated Mikey for a while, but ended up dumping him, I think her reason was that she thought he was too immature or that she loves someone else. She ended up moving back to Japan to help her Senpai run the Foot Clan. When she’s not running the Foot clan with Karai, she’s studying spells and hexes and trains herself to become a master in witchcraft.

The Mighty Mutanimals all still live together. Sometimes they go to Mikey’s restaurant and other times they visit Raph, Mona, April, and Donnie in the lair. Rockwell went back to being a scientist to continue his work, Leatherhead and Mondo Gecko both ended up finding someone and settling down (and they still hang out with Mikey all the time), and Slash does his own thing of defending the city and stopping criminals while also visiting his old friend Raphael.


Tiger Claw ended up abandoning his life of crime. Later on he found his sister Alopex and apologized to her for everything that has happened between them. After some time she ended up forgiving him and they ended up being a happy family once again. 

Bebop and Rocksteady become heroes in another city. Later on they realized there love for each other, get married, and adopt many kids. 

And They All Live Happily Ever After!



Hey you know how I have a million AUs? My GF and I made another one

Kakyoin finds out he’s got a kid and woops the mom dumps Jouta on him and bails. Cue three sleepless nights and a phone call later and hot newly single ex bf Jotaro comes back to Japan to help.

Also yes Kakyoin has a prosthetic arm, his DIO injury wasn’t as extreme as it was in canon.

It’s 3am take my trash doodles


Through the entryway to Kamigamo Elementary School. It’s unusual to see a traditional gate remaining at the entrance to the school, but there you go. Also, you can see the statue of Ninomiya Kinjiro, who (according to lore) cared so deeply for his studies that he could be seen working to deliver firewood while studying for class. Many schools used to have these statues at the entrance as a reminder to students to be as motivated as NinoKin, but there is a recent movement to get rid of them to deter potential accidents caused by walking while distracted. It was apparently pretty common to see kids walking while reading as recently as the mid 90s. I guess the smartphone’s surge in popularity hasn’t helped…