Mr. Zaremba Kai(Germany, 26, SE/Programmer)

  • English (United States)
  • 日本語
  • 한국어

From Germany, Mr. Zaremba Kai takes on system development in a consultational and educational based tech firm, System Friend K.K.  Here is Mr. Zaremba’s interview about his employment life in Japan. (JIKOPY)

Name Mr. Zaremba Kai (26)
Nationality Germany
Company System Friend K.K
Industry Information & Communication
Position System Development
Location Hiroshima (Main office), Tokyo (Branch office)
Japanese Skills Before Japan:JLPT-N3 level
Currently:JLPT-N2 level
Study abroad experience (Japan) Yes
Latest education history Master’s graduate
Any working experience before Japan None

Why did you want to work in Japan?

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

Around 20 years old.

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

When I first came to Japan as an exchange student in 2011, soon Japan became a favorite as I grew an interest in Japanese culture, the people and the environment of the country. It made me want to live in Japan long-term.

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

When I was 24 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?

At 25.

Why do you want to work in Japan?
  • There are many things I need to learn on methods, ideas and high technology

Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?
  • I was personally recommended by someone I know
What was your criterion when choosing a company?
  1. A company where I can learn and further my career for the future.
  2. A company where I can use the skills I acquired while studying in Japan.
  3. A company that deals with technological products or appealing products.
When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
  • Lack of job offers for foreigners.

Tell us about your current job.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.

In coorperation with Keio University, I am developing a system that allows you to detect and recognize depression as an illness.

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

I think that the most important thing is to always stay prepared, in accordance to corporate rules.

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

To me, the most appealing factor is the kindness of my fellow colleagues and the interesting technical skills I get to put into my work.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.

Working in a foreign country is a good challenge. It is a great self-development.

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

There are times where I find the communication between staff members a little difficult to understand, but speaking one-to-one with co-workers is easier for me.

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

My programming language skills are still a work in progress, and I would like to keep on improving on that.

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

What is your current type of accommodation?

Rented property.

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

It was arranged by the company.

How do you spend the holidays?

I like to ride my bicycle on weekends, go hiking or find a good cafe. During consecutive holidays I would travel across the country or even overseas.

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

I am often seen as “someone who does not speak Japanese”, and it gets to me because sometimes they try to avoid conversations. However, I talk about this with my friends and that helps.

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

I find that there are many foreigners residing in Japan who only communicate in the language (or English) that they are more comfortable with. If your partner or friends can speak Japanese, I think that it is good to try and communicate in Japanese together when you can, to improve your (or both you and your friend’s) language skills.