Japanichiban has a huge following from the Philippines. Maybe in the near future we can help you come to Japan and secure a job in housekeeping or babysitting as the rules are being relaxed.
I know a lot of ex-pats living in Tokyo already hire full time live in au pairs.
Housekeepers from abroad may be allowed in Tokyo
By NAOKI TSUZAKA/
The Tokyo metropolitan government will consider granting foreign housekeepers visas and permits to work in Tokyo to plug a hole in the work force as Japan’s population is expected to shrink further in the future.
The Tokyo government has changed its tack and decided to study the possibility of creating a “special zone” that would allow deregulation of certain laws in a specified region, in this case allowing foreign citizens to be employed as domestic helpers in the capital.
Under Japan’s Immigration Control Law, allowing foreigners in to work as housekeepers is banned, but in a special zone those who meet certain criteria, such as having one or more years of work experience in housekeeping, may be granted a work permit.
If the plan is realized, Tokyo will be the third municipality to make this move following Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city.
It is likely other municipalities may follow if Tokyo, which has been reluctant to deregulate, adopts the new policy.
The metropolitan government has invested in housekeeper training programs to boost the number of people to take up such employment, rather than allowing foreign domestic helpers in. The government did this in the hope more women could work outside the home, boosting the work force.
It is understood that the change in Tokyo’s attitude resulted from a greater acknowledgment of the problems of a shrinking population and work force as well as the fact that Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city have introduced the special zones.
Micaela: “Coming at you from my dirty bland bedroom because it’s the only room with decent air conditioning right now.
I was talking to a friend last week (who is also an introvert) about how when we try to explain our quiet dispositions to Japanese people, we’re usually met with denial, about how we couldn’t possibly be introverts because we’re not shattered shells of our former selves.
There’s a bit of misunderstanding behind what an introvert is, and what it means here, but I think when you explore the meaning you find that introverts are actually well suited to life in Japan.”
What’s your favorite onigiri?
Lately I’ve been having a lot of homemade ‘genmai’ (brown rice) onigiri to lose a bit of weight but when I’m on the run, I usually hit the 7/11 for a salmon onigiri.
Check out Micaela’s onigiri vid.
O-nigiri (お握り or 御握り; おにぎり?), also known as o-musubi (お結び; おむすび?), nigirimeshi (握り飯; にぎりめし?) or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or cylinder shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative. Because of the popularity of onigiri in Japan, most convenience stores stock their onigiri with various fillings and flavors. There are even specialized shops which only sell onigiri to take out. Due to its popularity in Japan, the trend of small restaurants and convenience stores selling onigiri has traveled to other parts of the world, such as Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Switzerland, Hawaii, New York City, London, Australia, Canada, and parts of California.
David Bowie loved Japan so here we go…he was a bit of a Japanophile.
“Crystal Japan” is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and released as a single in Japan in 1980. It was recorded in 1979 and used in a Japanese commercial for the sake Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance by Bowie, although he said at the time that the track was not specifically written for this purpose.”
In 1994, I reviewed “Invincible Handicap” (“Muteki no Handicap”), a documentary by scriptwriter and filmmaker Daisuke Tengan about a professional wrestling group called Doglegs whose members were both physically challenged men and able-bodied volunteers. Started in 1991, the Doglegs hardly fit the template of pitiable unfortunates being aided by selfless caregivers, so often found in local media depictions of those with disabilities.
“It’s really confrontational,” he explains. “A bunch of dudes with heavy disabilities just going at it, beating up each other. Then the next match can be very humorous — a kind of dodgy, dokuzetsu (trash talking) black humor. They’re taking the piss out of each other in a serious way. You think, ‘Should I be laughing? Is this OK to laugh at?’ It’s this very uncomfortable feeling. Then the next one can be a straightforward match where you’re cheering on the wrestler you like”
Screened at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Austin Fantastic Fest, where Cozens won best documentary director honors, “Doglegs” will open at two theaters in Tokyo on Jan. 9, followed by a nationwide release. All screenings will have English subtitles. Personals Japan