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"Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby Hatori » Sat 08.25.2007 6:17 pm

Hello! Anyways, as I was thinking one night trying to get to bed... What would you say would be a job a gaijin could NEVER get in Japan? I mean, there may be multiple reasons why they may not get the job, but list off things you can image or know a gaijin wouldn't get.

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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby lemonaid » Sat 08.25.2007 6:51 pm

Well, prime minister and emperor are kind of obvious. Any kind of political office would be difficult to get in general I'd imagine.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 08.25.2007 8:33 pm

There are jobs which by law require Japanese citizenship.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby richvh » Sat 08.25.2007 8:52 pm

Do you have citizenship, or just residency?
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby lbum » Sat 08.25.2007 9:34 pm

Well is it hard to go from being a non citizen to a citizen, because to an extent you would still be a gaijin.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby doinkies » Sat 08.25.2007 9:41 pm

lemonaid wrote:
Well, prime minister and emperor are kind of obvious. Any kind of political office would be difficult to get in general I'd imagine.


Well, there's a guy in the Diet who is from Finland, but then again, he became a naturalized citizen. I suppose non-citizens aren't allowed to be politicians, though I may be wrong. Maybe Mike or someone else might know.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 08.25.2007 9:57 pm

Not only can non-citizens not be politicians, we are (technically, at least) barred from any and all political activity. I was asked at work to sign a petition to the local government about something and refused, as that is a form of political activity.

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Let us please not have the tired old navel-gazing debate about the nature of gaijinity.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 08.26.2007 1:55 am

And while it is DIFFICULT to get Japanese Citizenship, it is by no means impossible. I know a few people in my circle who have citizenship, and there are many celebs and whatnot who have their JP Nationality.

Apparently it is a rather long process however, in addition to needing to have lived in JP for 10+ years (barring marriage, which shortens it to 5, I believe)
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Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 08.27.2007 9:25 am

My friend, married into a japanese family with no son. he denounced his american citizenship, took their family name and requested Japense citizenship.. I am not sure if there are hurdles he needed to clear, but I do know that he did it to keep their family name going.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby burstandbloom » Mon 08.27.2007 4:19 pm

How about being a teacher? I don't mean teaching English or anything like that obviously.
I'd imagine that'd be pretty hard, but I don't know.
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Postby Mike Cash » Mon 08.27.2007 5:16 pm

If you mean a teacher in a public school, I believe that is one of the jobs that requires Japanese citizenship.
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RE: "Anti-Gaijin" Jobs

Postby keatonatron » Thu 08.30.2007 9:16 am

That's true. You can't even be an English teacher at a public middle or high school--you can only be an assistant.

There are always universities and private academies, though, if you REALLY want to become a [non-"conversation English"] teacher in Japan.
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