Bandai, the toy company behind Japanese heavyweight children’s franchises like "Anpanman," "Kamen Rider" and "Pretty Cure" conducted a survey to see how much kids are getting for an allowance these days and – more importantly for Bandai – what they’re spending that money on.
Nobody wants to think about ending a relationship, especially at the height of it, but sadly this happens more often than not, and hey, breaking up isn’t always bad news. Sometimes you just have to say it to secure yourself and even your ex-partner a new (and hopefully, better) life.
In Japan, job hunting pretty much requires formal dress. Applying for entry-level jobs at large companies means actually visiting their recruiting offices and headquarters for information seminars and interviews, and in order to convey how serious you’ll take the job, you’re expected to dress up.
Does the thought of delivering a speech in front of a crowd, or even a small group, set your knees knockin’ and your heart aflutter? Do you um and ah your way through every presentation or litter your sentences with “you know” or “like?”
For many foreigners, working in Japan is a dream come true. Experiencing the culture first-hand by living here and participating in daily life rather than just observing it in passing. But what happens when the grim realities of working life creep into your amazing Japanese experience? What happens if the company work for goes bankrupt, issues layoffs, moves or merges and you lose your job while living here without a follow-up gig on the horizon?