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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure about that but the average Taiwanese is richer due to PPP - purchasing power parity.

South Korea is doing better than before. I think the average salary is around 30,000 US a year. With their lower cost of living, maybe Korea is a better place to save money.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and thanks for the replies. I have been to all of those places but I truly thought Japan was cleaner, nicer, and more advanced. I also never felt alien in Japan like I did in other places. I think that, money aside, Japan is a really nice place to live.
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steki47



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Changes since 5 years ago. Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
Hi guys,

I used to live in Japan five years ago and I am returning now. I am wondering how life in Japan is different now from then (aside from the yen).

Thanks!


That 25-year old you liked back then is now 30. Very Happy
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steki47



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pitarou wrote:
My understanding is that a highly experienced, highly qualified teacher earns a surprisingly small premium over a young backpacker doing his first eikaiwa gig.


Well, a full-time uni lecturer can make about double the standard eikaiwa salary.

In my case, I am making less money now (dispatch ALT) than I was nine years ago at my first year at Nova. I work a lot less as well.

As far as supply of teachers and the industry itself, there will always be hundreds of manga geeks dying to come over here, the salaries/working conditions will NOT improve and Japan is slowly going downhill and turning into a great big nursing home.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steki47 wrote:
Pitarou wrote:
My understanding is that a highly experienced, highly qualified teacher earns a surprisingly small premium over a young backpacker doing his first eikaiwa gig.


Well, a full-time uni lecturer can make about double the standard eikaiwa salary.

In my case, I am making less money now (dispatch ALT) than I was nine years ago at my first year at Nova. I work a lot less as well.

As far as supply of teachers and the industry itself, there will always be hundreds of manga geeks dying to come over here, the salaries/working conditions will NOT improve and Japan is slowly going downhill and turning into a great big nursing home.


I am not an otaku nerd. I'm just coming to have a little fun and pay some bills. And I heard Japan's population growth is negative. I'll do my best to help out Wink
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Pitarou



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
I am not an otaku nerd. I'm just coming to have a little fun and pay some bills. And I heard Japan's population growth is negative. I'll do my best to help out Wink

Well, if that's what you want to do then I reckon Japan is still a good place for you. The chicks are as hot as ever, Western guys (if that's what you are) still get an unfair advantage in the dating leagues, and it's still possible to earn enough to live on, have a little fun, and put aside some savings.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
I am not an otaku nerd.


I know you're not a nerd, I was talking about those other guys! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Changes since 5 years ago. Reply with quote

steki47 wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
Hi guys,

I used to live in Japan five years ago and I am returning now. I am wondering how life in Japan is different now from then (aside from the yen).

Thanks!


That 25-year old you liked back then is now 30. Very Happy


...and so am I. Perfect!
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rxk22



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mitsui wrote:
Not sure about that but the average Taiwanese is richer due to PPP - purchasing power parity.

South Korea is doing better than before. I think the average salary is around 30,000 US a year. With their lower cost of living, maybe Korea is a better place to save money.


Oh yeah, if you teach in Taiwan, you PPP live a lot better off. Same with SK. For teachers Japan must be one of the worst places PPP.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rxk22 wrote:
mitsui wrote:
Not sure about that but the average Taiwanese is richer due to PPP - purchasing power parity.

South Korea is doing better than before. I think the average salary is around 30,000 US a year. With their lower cost of living, maybe Korea is a better place to save money.


Oh yeah, if you teach in Taiwan, you PPP live a lot better off. Same with SK. For teachers Japan must be one of the worst places PPP.


PPP is not the same thing as quality of life.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. I know an American with a Taiwanese wife. She prefers to live in Yokohama.

Pay in Taiwan isn`t so good. I heard about a university job in Taipei that just pays $19,000 US per year.

Try walking around Taipei and breathe in that air. Yep, Japan is better in some ways.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mitsui wrote:
True. I know an American with a Taiwanese wife. She prefers to live in Yokohama.

Pay in Taiwan isn`t so good. I heard about a university job in Taipei that just pays $19,000 US per year.

Try walking around Taipei and breathe in that air. Yep, Japan is better in some ways.


Plus, Japan has much better anime and manga.

LOL, j/k
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Cool Teacher



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rxk22 wrote:
mitsui wrote:
Not sure about that but the average Taiwanese is richer due to PPP - purchasing power parity.

South Korea is doing better than before. I think the average salary is around 30,000 US a year. With their lower cost of living, maybe Korea is a better place to save money.


Oh yeah, if you teach in Taiwan, you PPP live a lot better off. Same with SK. For teachers Japan must be one of the worst places PPP.


I thihnik PPP beats audiolingual anyday! Cool Wink

Ha ha! Laughing

Alex Andre : "us, Japan has much better anime and manga. "

Definately true there! Cool I think you willl like being back but beward of the Japan-bashers! Cool
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Teacher wrote:
rxk22 wrote:
mitsui wrote:
Not sure about that but the average Taiwanese is richer due to PPP - purchasing power parity.

South Korea is doing better than before. I think the average salary is around 30,000 US a year. With their lower cost of living, maybe Korea is a better place to save money.


Oh yeah, if you teach in Taiwan, you PPP live a lot better off. Same with SK. For teachers Japan must be one of the worst places PPP.


I thihnik PPP beats audiolingual anyday! Cool Wink

Ha ha! Laughing

Alex Andre : "us, Japan has much better anime and manga. "

Definately true there! Cool I think you willl like being back but beward of the Japan-bashers! Cool


Are there more japan bashers than ever nowadays?
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pitarou wrote:
Inflames wrote:
Pitarou wrote:
For instance, I was recently talking to a teacher who got a job offer from China. He tells me that, while the salary is significantly lower than he's getting now in Japan, when he factors in the lower living costs, free accommodation, plane ticket and so on, China looks like a better deal.

In terms of things such as living costs, China looks better. However, if you consider the total quality of life, Japan is much, much better. There's no terrible pollution nor are there the disabled beggars. Everyone in Japan understands 標準語 (standard Japanese) but, outside of huge cities (especially Beijig), most people don't understand Mandarin and instead speak their local dialect. Japan is far safer than China as well (not just crime but accidents and food, for example).

Very important points.

What about Korea? I read that, when cost of living is taken into account, the Koreans are now richer than the Japanese.


I've been to Corea. Contrary to what they want you to believe, it isn't "sparkling".
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