Mr. Eisho Ri(China, 34, Hotel staff)

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The Namba Dotonbori Hotel, has mainly foreigners as visiting guests. Mr. Lee, from China, works as a hotel staff, managing various customer-related services, as well as translation, interpretation and the overseas office. Here we have an interview with Mr. Lee, on his employment life in Japan. (JIKOPY)

Name Mr. Eisho Ri (李永勝)  (34)
Nationality China
Company  Oukyuu Co., Ltd.(Namba Dotonbori Hotel)
Industry Service
Occupation Hotel staff
Location Osaka
Japanese skills  Before Japan:JLPT-N4
Current level:JLPT-N1
Study abroad experience (Japan)  Yes
Work experience before Japan  none

Why do you want to work in Japan?

How old were you when you developed an interest in Japan?

When I was 12 years old.

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.

Manga and anime was the motivation.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?

When I was around 23 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?

At 28 years old.

Why do you want to work in Japan?
  • The company have a well respected image.
  • The salary is high.
  • To make use of my Japanese language skills and my native language at the same time.
  • I want to live in Japan.

Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?
  • Japan’s Hellowork (local)
  • Japanese recruitment websites for new graduates (Rikunabi, Mynavi)
  • Career fairs and job-related events in Japan
  • Recommended by someone/connections
What was your criterion when choosing a company? Please rank the following from 1- 3 from the choices below based on priority.
  1. Interest in the company
  2. A company with jobs that utilize my language skills.
  3. A company where I can use the skills I acquired while studying in Japan.
When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
  • Lack of job offers for foreigners.
  • Japanese written tests, SPI, and aptitude tests are too difficult for foreigners.

Tell us about your current job.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.

My main responsibility is at the front desk.

I am in charge of checking-in/out room guests, settling payments, reservation management and hotel guidance.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you other than your job.

To always consider from my guests’ point of view; always maintaining a smile in front of our guests so that they will enjoy their stay in Japan.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?

Working here gives me a clear sense of duty to make sure that our international guests goes home with a wonderful impression of Japan.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.

If you work hard, you will have a stable life in Japan.

Are there any other struggles you are facing aside from work in Japan? How did you manage to deal with it?

The cultural difference.

I follow the saying, “When in Rome, do as Romans do”. I try to adapt not only the language, but also Japanese historical culture, and their way of thinking.

Tell us about your job aspirations (Career developments) in the future.

To land in one of the highest positions in the hotel in the future.

Tell us what you do in your everyday life in Japan.

Type of accommodation.


How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?

Directly contacted real estate companies

How do you spend the holidays?

I usually read books, go travelling or rest and relax at home.

Are there any struggles that you are experiencing other than living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?

Because the taxes are high, I try to save on my daily expenses.

Any words of advice you would like to give for those who are thinking about working abroad?

Working in Japan, it is not just all about the job. It is about taking in the country’s culture, history and such; also, it is an absolute requirement to fully understand and adapt to your company’s work culture.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans”,

keep fighting!