Japan Work/Visa problems
July 23, 2012 12:24 AM Subscribe
Japan Visa/Work Problems, Cont.: Living in Japan, scored a job as an ALT in Japan that starts in a little over a month; already signed the contract and got my work visa renewed. Just got an offer from a much better paying job that would employ me right away (and would sponsor me). What to do?
posted by Kamelot123 to Work & Money (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having a bit of a dilemma, and would appreciate some help from someone in the know.
I am living in Japan, and my old visa is close to expiring (it runs out in early August). I only got a job offer from an English teaching company, which I didn't really want to do. I am a fairly fluent Japanese speaker, and was hoping for something in which I could improve upon my Japanese and help me branch into another career.
But, the teaching job is only a half year contract and ends in March, which lines up well with the hiring season for Japan (new jobs usually start in April). It's also in Tokyo, so I figured I would have ample opportunity to search for a new job in the meantime. In large part due to the visa dilemma, I bit the bullet and signed the contract.
Today, I got an offer from a company that I had really wanted to enter, but had given up on (no response for weeks, even after emails). I would much prefer this job over the English gig; I would get better benefits, better hours, better salary, a subsidized apartment, and a line of work in which I can improve my Japanese.
The English teaching job does not start for another month (last week of August), so there's that; it's not like I would be leaving them without a teacher in the middle of the school year. The monkey wrench is that they have already re-sponsored my work visa. (The new company has no problem re-sponsoring me as well).
Does anyone familiar with Japanese work/visa laws have any advice, or know someone who has been in a similar situation? I know moralistically breaking the contract is a ***tty thing to do, and I wouldn't really like to cut and run, but this new job is much more up my alley. I am just worried about the repercussions.