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Re: [tlug] [OT] Emigration information

>>>>> "Stuart" == Stuart Luppescu <> writes:

    Stuart> As the Animals said so eloquently back in 1965, ``We gotta
    Stuart> get out of this place.''

Yes, but although you can get into near-Earth orbit, the air's a
little thin there and so are the choices of living arrangements....

    Stuart> Does anyone know how I could find a job in Japan?

You really want to come to a place that can't find a way to airlift in
hot food to a disaster area for a week, NGO volunteers carry them in
in RVs and on their backs?  My wife is upset enough that she's been
asking if I can find a job in the States.  Sure, the Japanese
government doesn't crap on Iraqis; they're too busy crapping on their
own people!

    Stuart> I'm not looking for a tech job. I'd prefer a cushy ex-pat
    Stuart> job at an American company in Tokyo :-}

There aren't any, any more.  It's much easier to find Japanese who can
speak and write well.

    Stuart> I have a PhD in statistics and measurement from the
    Stuart> University of Chicago.

Try #1: MBAs for foreigners are big money these days.  IUJ in Niigata
charges more than HBS, they pay well, but of course you're not in
Tokyo so nobody gives a shit if you fall into a big crack that
suddenly opens up in the ground.  Ritsumeikan's "Asia-Pacific
University" is also well-thought of.  JICA is rolling little round yen
into it faster than the balls fall in a pachinko machine, and the
national universities (including Todai) are furious because they
simply aren't close to being able to put their straws into the hogslops.

Try #2: Do you know ISO 9000 from a hole in the ground?  ISO 9000 and
related standards are a big thing in Japan, and I'm sure there's some
demand for people of native fluency to write up reports etc.  (I'm
sure because I just picked up 5000 yen for 15 minute's work reviewing
a 2 page abstract that was just fine to start with, and the only
reason it was that small is because if I charged more he'd be sure to
come back.  This way maybe I can shame him into leaving me alone. ;-)
Measurement skills/experience will not hurt one bit, as the most
important certifications have to do with calibration and certifying
the calibrator certifiers.

If you are willing to take the risk and spend some time building up
your business, you can build a house with what you can earn doing
report editing freelance, and managing others who do it.  (Again, I
have a friend who just did that with translation; took him 8 years
from ground zero, but he did have connections in the local research
institutes where he was let go for not finishing his PhD.  In
translation, unlike Japanese grant-grubbing M-DEL M-DEL research, it's
the product, not your qualifications, that matters.  :-)

learned-ONE-FRIGGING-THING-with-nearly-ten-years-to-book-up-ly y'rs,

Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences
University of Tsukuba                    Tennodai 1-1-1 Tsukuba 305-8573 JAPAN
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              ask what your business can "do for" free software.

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