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What types of jobs are available for foreigners who DO speak Japanese?

I'm adding this to Vickey's question below. If you're a foreigner who IS fluent at Japanese and willing to learn technical terms in Japanese, then are some of the following professions open to you? 1. Doctor (after a few more years studying Japanese terminology and other stuff for the Japanese medical licence, of course) 2. Laboratory-based researcher 3. University lecturer (there are lots of foreign lecturers here in England, many of whom speak English worse than I speak Japanese) 4. Architect 5. Sales manager 6. Interior designer 7. Public accountant etc. etc. In other words, all those jobs that: - Are classified as "professional", - Require at least a Master's degree (e.g. MBA) or professonal degree (e.g. for Medicine or Architecture) - Pay well and require lots of thinking. These sorts of professions. Are they open to foreigners skilled in Japanese, like they are open in the UK to highly-educated foreigners who speak English? Or, how about engineer or technician in one of the giants like Hitachi, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi Denki? Haha... I could get first grade ++ on the Kanji proficiency test if I try hard. Hey, I'm Chinese, I use more kanji than you *wink wink* (But yeah, we use some different ones, so that's why I'll have to study ^_~)

Asked By: mmhmmm - 2/28/2007
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Well, you sort of answered your own question there, but I would have to say that you would be like a fish going up stream. Competition for domestic job in career oriented fields is extremely tough, but it is by no means impossible. If you got the gift in a certain field, go for it... More
Answered By: Looking for the truth... - 2/28/2007
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I wouldnt say "the shy is the limit." Japanese are very prejudice, so unless you look or are part Japanese you probably have a Snow Ball's Chance in Hell" of getting a good job. The Government even has a rule that citizens of nonJapanese ancestory can only reach a certain level in government positions despite their... More
Answered By: agavemike - 2/28/2007
 
Depens on what type of skill you have. Being able to speak Japanese really isn't much of a benefit since you are in Japan but being able to speak english is... More
Answered By: Jumpy - 3/1/2007
 
7-11 might hire you... Clubs in Roppongi are always looking for people who are bilingual, Tower Records maybe, if you are female a hostess club... More
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Answered By: Aaron N - 3/1/2007
 
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