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Dec 18, 2006
Teach English in Japan and South Korea
- Carmela Bignotia Email this article

Japan and South Korea are two model countries in Asia because of their fast and steady economic growth. For their countries to continually prosper they are aware that they need citizens who are globally competitive. For this reason, there is great demand for English language instructors in Japan and South Korea nowadays.


Job Overview (Japan)


Bachelor’s degree

Native English Speaker

Teaching Experience

Certificate of Eligibility 

Working Visa



A teaching degree or license is not required; nevertheless, some form of teaching experience would definitely be an advantage.


The CEO requires an eligible sponsor (e.g. company, organization) to be processed. The CEO is a requirement for one to be granted a working visa.

Application and processing of working visa in Japan cannot be done outside of Japan. Other options for foreigners are working holiday visa, a spouse visa, dependent visa, and cultural visa.  


Teaching Environment

One can opt to teach in eikaiwa schools (language schools). Eikawa are language schools so student’s age can vary from very young to old. You can also teach in formal schools for kindergarten students or toddlers. Other options are as as teachers in business schools or private English tutors.



Working hours in eikawa are usually in the afternoon or evening after school and office hours.


If you choose to teach in formal schools, make sure that you are prepared for the teaching life. Patience, commitment, and hard work are the keys to succeed in this profession. You have to be at the school for 40 hours and 5 days a week. One class usually consists of 30 to 40 students. Sometimes, there are language curriculums by the school that you have to follow.


Being a private tutor has its advantages as you will only have to deal with a couple of students. However, this job is usually not stable.



As an English teacher in Japan, you will earn about 230.000 to 280.000 yen depending on location and experience. There will also be benefits like salary bonuses, paid holidays, and subsidized health insurance. Some companies also offer free housing.

Japan is an expensive city to live in so it is best to conduct a little research about your salary and the cost of living in the city you are planning to work in.


To be continued…

Watch out for an overview regarding English-teaching jobs in South Korea.


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