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On the Live Work Play Japan Podcast we talk to the most inspiring teachers, freelancers and entrepreneurs in Japan, so you can learn the secrets of their success.
Go to www.liveworkplayjapan.com/podcast to see the show notes.

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On the Live Work Play Japan Podcast we talk to the most inspiring teachers, freelancers and entrepreneurs in Japan, so you can learn the secrets of their success.
Go to www.liveworkplayjapan.com/podcast to see the show notes.

    Graphic Design Freelancer in Tokyo with Jennifer Piatkowski

    Graphic Design Freelancer in Tokyo with Jennifer Piatkowski

    Going freelance can be a very scary leap, but if you do it the possibility of doing work you enjoy and getting paid well for that work can go up drastically.

    For this podcast I sat down with Jennifer Piatkowski to talk about her recent move into freelance design after working as a graphic designer for years. She has some fantastic advice for taking the leap out of a stifling job that isn't paying you what your worth nor giving you the time to pursue other things and into something that allows you to live life on your own terms.

    • 40 min
    10x Your Startup in Japan with Jordan Fisher of Zehitomo

    10x Your Startup in Japan with Jordan Fisher of Zehitomo

    Building a startup as a foreigner in Japan challenges you to be maximally effective and always look for the 10x return.

    Japan is a paradoxical place, where technology is very advanced in some areas, but completely behind the times in others. This is why there is so much room for startups to massively disrupt billion dollar (trillion yen) markets here. Jordan Fisher is one such entrepreneur, looking to disrupt the local services industry in Japan with his startup Zehitomo:

    In this podcast, we’ll talk about:


    Challenging assumptions about Japan from foreign perspectives
    Getting the right team behind you so you can be maximally effective
    Company culture and not having “language allergies” when working in mutli-cultural teams
    Early on focusing on the most valuable “10x opportunities” and shelving trendy online marketing tools that don’t bring in as strong a return
    Founder advice and Japanese as a requirement for building a company here.

    You can find out more about Zehitomo on their website, and get in touch with Jordan on LinkedIn or by meeting him at the many events he speaks at in Tokyo.

    • 40 min
    Self Love and Overcoming Your Barriers with Rin Ishikawa

    Self Love and Overcoming Your Barriers with Rin Ishikawa

    If you've ever struggled with your image of yourself, or not enjoying your life in Japan, this episode is for you.

    So many of our issues come from our own self-talk and how we view ourselves. This week I sat down with Rin Ishikawa, a coach who started her own coaching practice called "Jiaiii" (self-love in Japanese) to help people to take care of themselves mentally as well as physically. We talk about:


    Why Rin started coaching and her difficult past as a returnee in Japan.
    The mindset shifts Rin helps her "tribe" go through so that they can see themselves positively, sometimes after years of self-loathing and self-sabotage.
    Where some of our really painful and destructive thoughts come from and how to change your inner dialogue to enjoy and find success in life.

    You can find Rin on Facebook, on Instagram @jiaiii_lifecoach and you can find her website here.

    • 44 min
    Get a Better Paid Teaching Job in Japan

    Get a Better Paid Teaching Job in Japan

    If you're not happy with your English teaching, there are a lot more things you can do about it than you might think.

    However, it needs to be you taking action. No magic high-paying teaching job is going to drop in your lap, and nobody owes you a good job.

    On this podcast I'll talk about:


    Making more money as an English teacher and what options that opens up.
    Making "finding a job" your job. Treat it like it's work you are doing and you'll suddenly have so many opportunities you won't know what to do with them.
    Adjusting your resume for every job you apply for.
    Getting a thick skin and realising that if you didn't get the job, it's probably because you could have done better at the interview or represented yourself better on your resume.

    • 8 min
    Why English Teachers in Japan Only Make 250k a Month

    Why English Teachers in Japan Only Make 250k a Month

    ¥250,000 is the standard salary for an English teacher in Japan.

    It’s not a lot of money, even less than even trainee teachers make in the UK, but in Japan this hasn’t changed in decades and recently has even started to trend down. Why is this still the standard? It’s because we allow it to be by accepting these jobs.

    On this podcast I'll talk about:


    One of the most powerful mindset changes I have done: always take responsibility for my choices and the consequences of those choices
    You don’t need to get stuck at ¥250k, because that too is a choice
    We often don't think about the long term consequences of short term impact decisions.
    How to be happy and make choices that benefit your career in Japan
    Write down what qualifications, experience and skills top paying jobs are looking for, and then start obtaining those proficiencies
    Complaining gets you nowhere in Japan

    Make a new choice and take control of your career in Japan. You are not the standard, so believe in yourself enough to demand more.

    • 8 min
    Getting into Consulting in Japan with Lynn Sun

    Getting into Consulting in Japan with Lynn Sun

    Lynn Sun is a consultant in Tokyo and can give you inside knowledge into this dynamic and fast moving work here.

    In this podcast we sat down and talked about:


    Passing the N1 after coming to Japan.
    Working as a CIR in local government near Tokyo.
    Getting into consulting jobs in Japan; what should you look for, and what are some red flags?
    What is consulting work in Japan really like and what kind of person would enjoy this kind of job?
    How to get ahead in consulting jobs even if you're getting bad projects.

    Vorkers - a great resource for reviews on companies from employees

    Glassdoor - another review site to find out about a company's reputation.

    • 33 min

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