Ms. A.F(Germany, 28, Retail)

German-born Ms. A.F has been working as a full-time employee in Japan for 1 year. Working in a Japanese company named Tanaqro, she deals with international clients, translation, international projects and discussions, global auction site display management, etc.(JIKOPY)

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  • 日本語
  • 한국어
Name A.F (28)
Nationality Germany
Company Tanaqro Inc.
Industry Distribution・Retail
Career Marketing・Services
Location Saitama Pref.
Japanese skills Before Japan:JLPT N3
Current level:JLPT N1
Study abroad experience (Japan) Yes
Lastest educational history (before Japan) University Graduate
Work experience before Japan None


Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.
My interest for Japan started when I was around 11 years old and became interested in Japanese subculture and music.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?
When I was around 24 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?
Full-time at 28 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 new graduates (Rikunabi, Mynavi)
  • Japanese recruitment websites for employees
  • Career fairs and job-related events in Japan
  • Through a recruiting agency based in Japan
  • From classified advertisements
  • Searched on the internet and applied on my own

What was your criterion when choosing a company?

  1. Interest in the company
  2. To be able to utilize my language skills in the company
  3. A company that will allow me to do various jobs

When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
Inadequate amount of companies offering positions which make use of the skills and abilities of foreigners.

Tell us about your current employment.

Tell us about your main work role/responsibility.
I am currently providing customer support for our international customers, translation, planning and implementation of projects with international partners, handling our presence on a global auction site, etc.


Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you (in your workplace) other than your job.
Although very basic, things like not being late or not skipping work without notice are incredibly important I think. Also things like seeing your work through to the end, and not putting the blame on other people if something goes wrong and you are responsible for it.
Also, always keeping in mind that I represent my company helps me a lot to keep my cool when I receive an unreasonable e-mail or the like. How you handle your clients will reflect upon your company’s image, especially if you are the only person the customer interacts with.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?
Since my work is related to something I love, every day I get to work surrounded by nice things. I work with clients and customers from all around the world, which is great because I get to communicate with various kinds of people. Since my company is fairly flexible I’m able to fit both my work and my hobby into my schedule.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.
To be honest, I think working in my home country would probably be easier. I work in Japan because everything I love is here and I want to be here, that’s it.

Are there any other struggles you are facing at work in Japan?
Nothing in particular, yet.

Tell us about your job aspirations (career developments) in the future.
To make our company the top in our field..

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

What type of accommodation do you have in Japan?
Currently renting an accommodation.

How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?
Through a Japanese real estate website

How do you spend the holidays here?
I spend almost all my free days on something I’m very passionate about and I travel quite a lot for that so I’m on a fairly hard schedule. I don’t really have any days when I can just relax, but I’m having a good time and it’s the life I chose so I’m happy.

Are there any struggles that you are experiencing other than living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?
I find it irritating when Japanese people think I don’t understand Japanese, or think they need to treat me differently just because I am white. How I deal with it depends on my mood of the day. Also being unfamiliar with official procedures (at the ward office or immigrations office for example) is quite intimidating. I usually research these things on the internet before I go.

Any advice or words for those who wish to work in Japan?

Not giving up is essential. I failed lots of interviews, which was a huge mental strain, but in the end an unexpected opportunity opened up to me.

If you are studying in Japan, make sure to start job-hunting early even if it seems odd to you. Since the system is very different to my home country, I didn’t take job-hunting seriously at first and wasted around a year, which I regret.