Best Cities to Teach English in Japan
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When you’re looking for a job teaching English as a foreign language, one of the factors you need to consider is where to teach. The first step is to decide which continent you’re interested in, then you can do your research and find out which countries suit your interests and qualifications (and your passport!). If you know you’re interested in Asia, you’re probably considering Thailand, South Korea or China. But have you thought about Japan? Big cities, small towns, traditional villages, ski resorts, tropical islands – no matter what you’re looking for, Japan might have your dream destination. Not sure where to look? Here are the best cities to teach English in Japan.
Tokyo is probably the first place you think of when you think of Japan, and that’s not surprising. Japan definitely ticks all the bright lights and big city boxes, as well as satisfying all your kinky, geeky or artistic urges. It is the very definition of a megacity with over 25 million residents, so if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful, this is not it!
Tokyo is where you’ll find the biggest demand for English language teachers in Japan so there is no shortage of EFL jobs. Because of the efficient public transport system it’s also possible to live in the suburbs but work in the city, which opens up a lot more jobs for you, and while the cost of living is higher than in other Japanese cities, the pay is higher too.
Osaka might not be Tokyo but it’s just as vibrant and a tad more affordable. It is known as Japan’s kitchen and it’s famous for a range of delicacies, including takoyaki (fried octopus balls), kitsune udon (noodles with deep-fried tofu) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes).
Being Japan’s second biggest city, there are a fair amount of jobs to be found in Osaka. There are a range of teaching jobs to suit any teacher, from kindergarten through to university.
If you want to take a step away from the big cities, then you should come to Kyoto. Kyoto is a beautifully historic town which is known for its temples, shrines, palaces and gardens – and 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites! It’s especially popular with tourists in Spring when the cherry blossoms are out, and Autumn when the leaves change colour.
Sapporo is one for the ski bunnies. Its six months of winter mean that it has the best snow on offer in Japan. It’s the largest city on the island of Hokkaido, and, besides winter sports, it is known for its Snow Festival and beer! If you enjoy being outdoors and don’t mind a bit of cold, Sapporo is the place for you.
You might not be familiar with Fukuoka but it’s Japan’s sixth-largest city and the main city on the island of Kyushu. With parks, temples and beaches, Fukuoka offers a side of Japan that not many people realise is there. Interestingly, Fukuoka is actually closer to Seoul than Tokyo, and with its busy airport Fukuoka is actually a good base from which to travel around Asia.
There you have it: five amazing options for you if you want to teach English in Japan. We must give you one word of warning though: the EFL market in Japan is very competitive. While there are plenty of opportunities if you are happy to be a teaching assistant through the JET programme, it might take you a while to find an independent TEFL job. It’s by no means impossible, but make sure you give yourself enough time to do your research to find the perfect job for you. It’s quite common to land in Japan without a job and find one while you are there, so if you are the adventurous type this might be the way to do it.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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