Mr. Go Shoji (Taiwan, 32, Marketing)

  • English (United States)
  • 日本語
  • 한국어

Taiwanese Mr. Go Shoji, deals with a wide range of roles, including sales, technical support, and client support services in a corporate IT services company, MINIMAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. (JIKOPY)

Name Mr. Go Shoji (32)
Nationality Taiwan
Company MINIMAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Industry IT & Communication
Career Sales & Customer Services
Location Tokyo
Japanese skills Before Japan: No knowledge
Current level:JLPT-N1
Study abroad experience (Japan) Yes
Lastest educational history (before Japan) Vocational School Graduate
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 around 15 years old.

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

I liked reading Japanese comics since I was child. I read books like ‘ Rokudenasi Blues’, which is published serially in Taiwan every week in those days. My interest in Japan started to grow since then. I even found out about places such as Kichijouji and Ikebukuro when they weren’t as popular back then.

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

Around 23 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?

At 29 years old.

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


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Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?
  • Japanese recruitment websites for current employees
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 that deals with technology or appealing products.
  3. A company where I can learn and further my career for the future.
When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
  • It is difficult to apply from outside of Japan. Interviews are denied if not currently located in Tokyo.


Tell us about your current job.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.

I lead a marketing team I acquired, bringing forth business discussions/negotiations.
I also do hearings, service introductory visits to technical support.

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

We always aim to understand our clients’ wants and needs, and by doing that we try to stand in our customer’s point of view.

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

Having the experience of living abroad in countries like Taiwan, Australia and Japan, I often feel that “language barrier”.
I am always fascinated by the founder of the WEB with that aim to eliminate the language gap.


Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.

Because our company is a fresh startup, we can be quite different from the larger Japanese companies but I like how we have a very compromising and free environment here in our office.

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

It is as before the language gap as I often meet with my clients. Even after 10 years of Japan living, it is very difficult to breakthrough that wall in order to speak like a native.

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

4 years ago, I decided to develop my career in Japan. However I would definitely like to challenge myself in other countries if I was given the chance to. I would like to learn another language other than English.


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

Type of accommodation.

Rental

How do you spend the holidays?

Games, because I am the complete gamer. I’m that gamer you would expect to dominate all kinds of games.

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

There were definitely struggles in the beginning, but recently it hasn’t been much. With that said though, it’s the apartment hunting process. There are a lot of landlords out there that would not accept expats, or sometimes it is when you need a guarantor and other things. Especially when you need a Japanese guarantor, pretty unreasonable if you ask me.

 

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