Australian artist, James Tapscott, founder and creative director of Globelight Inc., was invited to exhibit his work at this year’s Japan Arts Alp Festival in Shinano Omachi. James’ work, Arc ZERO, a ring of mist by day and an illuminated halo by night, framed the bridge to a temple so his experiences even included…

The following is a comprehensive guide I have created to help you understand the nitty-gritty details of job interviews in Japan. It covers details of the all-important handwritten resume, how you should look, as well as the ‘unspoken’ rules of Japanese interviews with regards to manners and expectations. Please bear in mind that the application process and level of…

  Established in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) is a Japanese government initiative dedicated to placing university graduates, regardless of their field, in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high, and high schools. Successful applicants take up positions as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs). The aim of the…

Young Australians who spend time in Asia on university exchange are sometimes unsure how to utilise their new cultural and language skills upon returning home. It is easy to be Asia-engaged when an educational institution or other organisation is willing to pay for you to study overseas.  But what about when those opportunities are not…

  Seeking a career in the United Nations, but not sure how to get there? Well, the United Nations University (UNU) Office of the Rector is currently seeking highly qualified candidates to take part in their United Nations University fellowships programme, located in Tokyo. This opportunity is perfect for graduate level students and young professionals looking to…

  Studying the Japanese language since the age of eight while hearing my grandmother’s stories of working in Japan during the ‘60s and ‘70s had well and truly given me a taste for all things involving the Land of the Rising Sun. Teamed with my tertiary-level studies in politics and international relations, I became increasingly…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

    Teaching is a valuable skill to have – communication and interpersonal skills are important attributes for most professional careers – but as a free-lance English teacher in Japan, what started as a skill-building opportunity resulted in a truly excellent life experience. I got to live in the amazing city that is Tokyo and…

  “Japan is back.” In uttering this dramatic statement on 22 February 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared his intention to shake the world’s third largest economy out of two decades of debilitating deflation and anemic economic growth. Dubbed the ‘world’s greatest economic experiment’, his policy of fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reform saw…

Interested in Japan? If so, how much would you jump at the chance to: Visit the factories of some of Japan’s famous manufacturers, like Toyota? Discuss the business of one of Japan’s largest trading houses at their Tokyo headquarters? Receive a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan? Attend an international relations…

Discovering Japan I still remember the moment that I first became interested in Japan. I was about nine years old, in a bookshop where I discovered a Japanese phrasebook. The words seemed so strange and the idea of speaking another language fascinated me – konnichiwa! My parents bought me the book and I still have it to…

  I moved to Tokyo in January 2014 to take up a 12 month long role as a Foreign Legal Trainee with one of the “big four” law firms in Japan.  I confess that, prior to moving, I hadn’t properly thought about what to expect, both of Japan generally or at work. Despite my best…

For those looking for an internship in Japan and with an interest in international relations, there’s no going past this internship opportunity! As one of the very few overseas Australian postings offering a formal internship program, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Japan offer a great internship opportunity. DFAT Japan welcomes applications from high…

Photo courtesy of Julien Mailler Scholarship Description Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in 19 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel,…