No go to Japan with NOVA
In today's Oregonian there was an excellent article of the implosion of NOVA, a chain of English language schools located in Japan. A young woman is stuck in Japan, living off of cheap noodles and donated peanuts. She describes the job as a combination of teaching and working in a hostess bar.
When I was fresh out of school I was recruited by an eikawa (English) school at their Chicago office. It wasn't my cup of tea; I would have rather worked in Japan as a biologist or limnogolist (water ecology) than try to teach a language that I think takes a skilled language teacher or linguist.
But I have known so many people in the Portland and Seattle who have worked as English teachers, moving on to other jobs in software development, fashion and graphic design. Sure, the job may not be exactly be the level of excellent linguistic teaching that you would expect, but for many, it is a great way to go into other things in Japan.
The thing that makes this even more distressing is the new fingerprinting law going into effect in November, where foreigners- all foreigners- will be required to be fingerprinted, whether or not they are newcomers or residents. It is basically a way to set up a Jim Crow system for foreign workers and residents by using a process that renders them criminals before being tried or even accused of anything.
So these people are now stuck, owed money for their work and now in a country which thinks it is perfectly acceptable to subject all foreigners to criminal processing.
Yikes. There goes the sister city trip to Sapporo.