Mr. Sam Bleakly(America, 27, Marketing)

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From America, Mr. Sam Bleakly is a marketing manager in global business-related consulting company, Cyest Corporation. Here is our interview with Mr. Bleakly about his employment life in Japan. (JIKOPY)

Name  Mr. Sam Bleakly (27)
Nationality  American
Company  Cyest Corporation
Industry  Consulting Services
Occupation  Marketing manager
Location  Tokyo
Japanese skill level  Before Japan:JLPT-N5
Study abroad experience (Japan)  Yes
Latest educational history  University graduate
Working experience (Before Japan)  Yes (Less than 5 years)


Why did you want to work in Japan?

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

When I was around 21.

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

I was living in Hong Kong and found it hard because rent was high and it was very hot weather. During my time living in Hong Kong I took a trip to Osaka for the first time during Christmas and spent 3 days traveling the Kansai area. The people were fantastically nice and I was amazed at how efficient and polite the society was. The nature was also quite impressive. It was at this point that I decided to move to Japan.

When I got back to Hong Kong I enrolled my wife and I in Japanese classes and set a timeline for moving to Japan.

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

When I was 25 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?

At 26 years old.

Why do you want to work in Japan?
  • I wanted to live in Japan.

Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?
  • Japanese recruitment websites for current employees
What did you look for when choosing a company?
  1. Interest in the company
  2. A company with good salary / welfare.
  3. A company where I can learn and further my career for my future.
When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
  • The level of Japanese that the companies required were too high.


Let’s talk about about your current employment.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.

I am a marketing manager in Charge of the digital communications globally for the company as well as an in-house company resource that consults for external clients.

For example if a Japanese company needs to create a US Marketing strategy, I will provide and execute that strategy for the client. Half of the time I work on in-house projects and the other half of the time I consult for our clients. Both In-Bound and Outbound.

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

Family, providing for my wife, helping others and society and also constantly learning.

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

I have a great degree of freedom and flexibility to make decisions and take risks.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.

It is a very interesting environment with many different challenges that keep my interest. Japan is a very unique society with a unique set of customs and I enjoy having to figure out the challenging aspects.

At the same time, working in Japan allows me to be a representative of my home country and I greatly enjoy being an ambassador to Japanese who have never met an American person before.

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

Japan’s regulations when it comes to immigration are quite hard to understand for someone with limited Japanese ability. It was a challenge to be able to find the right information when I was processing my visa application.
Also, it is hard to find provolone cheese.


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

I would like to own my own business – a video game company that is dedicated to teaching language learning through having adventures in a Role Playing Game format.


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

Type of accommodation.

Rented accommodation

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

Information from Japanese real estate websites

How do you spend the holidays?

Normally Travel, I have been to Enoshima, Nara, Osaka, Kyoto, Tsukuba – I like to run along the arakawa river – this past march I ran the Yokohama marathon so I typically spend my free days running around Tokyo if I get the chance.

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

Fixing my wifes pension and social insurance it is hard to understand the instructions. My wifes grandmother just had a stroke and she is in the hospital, it is hard for us to be away from families.

You can miss the birthdays of neices and nephews as well as family events. We try to skype as often as we can with family.

Any words for those who are interested in looking for a career in Japan?

Working in cyest is challenging – we work with companies from over 100 different countries and work with hundreds of different products.

We are at the forefront of watching Japan globalize through trade. It is a very exciting endeavour!