Ms. Jasmine Hu (Malaysia, 23, IT)

  • English (United States)
  • 日本語
  • 한국어
Name Ms. Jasmine Hu (24)
Birthplace Malaysia
Place of Work 株式会社バク宙Click to view JIKOPY Job openings
Type of Industry Media, Information and Communication
Occupation IT
Residence Tokyo
Japanese Skills Before Employment:JLPT-N3
Current level:JLPT-N2
Experience living abroad (In Japan) Intercultural Institute of Japan
Last Level of Education (Before Japan) University of Melbourne Economics Major(Class of 2014)
Work Experience in Japan Internship(3 Months)

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Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.
Just like the typical tourist, I love Japanese culture, Japanese food, destinations that oozes tradition of Japan –  I am very interested and curious of the Japanese work culture. I admire and would like to adapt like the Japanese do – with their diligence, elaborateness and business etiquette.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?
When I was 20 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?
At 23 years old.

Why do you want work in Japan?
To make use of my Japanese language skills and my native language at the same time.

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Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?

  1. Japanese recruitment websites for new graduates (E.g Rikunabi, Mynavi, etc.)
  2. Through recruiting agencies in Japan
  3. Searched on the internet and applied on my own

What was your criterion when choosing a company?

  • A company with roles that utilizes both my native language skills and Japanese language skills.
  • A company where I can learn and further my career for the future.
  • A company that provides adequate training or education after hiring.

When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
The application for a working visa in Japan is extremely tedious, and the requirements needed to acquire one is not an easy road to surpass. Additionally, job hunting in Japan for foreigners can be very difficult.  Not all Japanese companies want to hire expats, and many international students that only limit themselves to international companies, often give up job searching halfway.

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Tell us about your current employment.

Tell us about your main work role/responsibility. 
Japanese to English translation for JIKOPY is the center of my work role at Bakutyu Inc., but I have other responsibilities as well, like data registration and office work. In Japan, the recruitment procedure and job search process differs significantly with other countries. Instead of just simple translation from word to word, with the best of my efforts, I try to understand the differences in culture and nuances of the languages I use to make my writings easy for the readers to understand.

What do you think was the reason you were hired?
I have always wanted to try a translating job in Japan because I have confidence in my English speaking and writing skills. Also, it is because I am an international student myself, the company needed more foreigners to get a better global understanding. Due to the fact that a significant sum of their projects are largely based around international research.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you (in your workplace) other than your job. 
Within the workplace, communication is key. It is very important because with good communication between your fellow colleagues, there is a positive atmosphere which leads to better cooperativeness, and that makes your work go a lot smoother and faster.

Accuracy and attention-to-detail is very important in the translation industry. As my translated work can be viewed from readers all around the world, it is crucial to always have my drafts reviewed and approved by other fellow employees before publishing.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?
I have interest in IT related work, and of course, translation. Fortunately, my work includes both. As I am considered an inexperienced employee (have not been officially full-time employed in Japan before), I can always ask and discuss of anything related to job hunting or Japanese work culture in my workplace.  Everyone in the company is approachable and friendly, which I find very favorable, because the atmosphere is always positive.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.
I took an early interest of Japan (as I travel there often with my family) when I was only a child. Since then, I have always been wondering and curious to know what it is like to live in Japan. What motivated me even more to go to Japan was when I was a University student. At that time, I aimed for a global career and wanted to learn a new language skill, so I picked up Japanese. Of course, It was a quick decision to choose Japan.  Japan’s leading corporate culture and business etiquette is one of the best in the world.  Therefore, I came here.

Are there any other struggles you are facing at work in Japan? How did you manage to deal with it?
I make a lot of effort in studying Japanese everyday, but miscommunications still often happen between me and my senior colleagues in the office. Nobody’s perfect, and making mistakes are inevitable. I try not to make the same mistakes twice, and I always go over and revise on anything that I am not sure with.

Tell us about your job aspirations (career developments) in the future.
I want to work in a major company in Japan. In the future, I aim to gain as much knowledge and experience from any of my previous employment, and I would like to be assigned to bigger projects as well. Furthermore, I aspire to have a reliable reputation and make significant contributions to the company.  I would feel incredibly fortunate to have a career that enables me to work and travel globally too!

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

What type of accommodation do you have in Japan?
I lived with a homestay family for 3 months when I first moved to Japan. After that, I moved to a studio apartment in Tokyo.

How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?
I have been recommended by someone I know.

How do you spend the holidays here?
I love to travel, and I enjoy visiting new places for the experience. Of course, I have always believed that with new experiences you gain knowledge, and you’ll never know what you will find until you get there!

Are there any struggles that you are experience while living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?
Japanese speaking skills. Learning a new language is not easy at all! To be able to speak as fluent as possible, I try to speak Japanese with my friends and colleagues as much as I can.  Other than that, I struggle in a lot of administration procedures in Japan. Such as, residency and bank registrations etc. There are so much procedures you need to go through, and foreigners who do not understand Japanese at all will find this extremely troublesome.

Those who want to live abroad or work in Japan, what would you like to say to them?
Like it or not, living abroad (especially on your own) is a form of self development. You become independent and you will find yourself doing so many things on your own. Starting a life overseas exposes you to a completely new culture and you are able to grow in a diverse environment, therefore gain invaluable experiences. So, if you are thinking of studying or working in Japan, I encourage you to challenge yourself.