The Live Work Play Japan Podcast
This is the show where we talk to the most inspiring teachers, freelancers and entrepreneurs in Japan, so you can learn the secrets of their success. Learn how to improve your job, find interesting and fulfilling work or build a business in Japan, all from expats who have blazed the trail.
Ask a question on the podcast!
There are so many issues that foreigners face in Japan that don’t have easy answers. If you want to ask specific questions about finding success here, click the “Start Recording” button below to send it to me and I may answer it in a future podcast!
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Podcast #34 – Graphic Design Freelancer in Tokyo with Jennifer Piatkowski
Going freelance can be a very scary leap, but if you do it the possibility of doing work you enjoy and getting paid well for that work can go up drastically.
Podcast #33 – 10x Your Startup in Japan with Jordan Fisher of Zehitomo
Building a startup as a foreigner in Japan challenges you to be maximally effective and always look for the 10x return.
Podcast #32 – Self Love and Overcoming Your Barriers with Rin Ishikawa
If you’ve ever struggled with your image of yourself, or not enjoying your life in Japan, this episode is for you.
Podcast #31 – Get a Better Paid Teaching Job in Japan
Are you willing to take action to improve your teaching job in Japan?If you're not happy with your English teaching, there are a lot more things you can do about it than you might think.However, it needs to be you taking action. No magic high-paying teaching job is...
Podcast #30 – Why English Teachers in Japan Only Make 250k a Month
250,000 yen is the standard salary for an English teacher in Japan. It’s not a lot of money, but in Japan this hasn’t changed in decades and recently has even started to trend down.
Podcast #29 – Getting into Consulting in Japan with Lynn Sun
Lynn Sun is a consultant in Tokyo and can give you inside knowledge into this dynamic and fast moving work here.
Podcast #28 – Building a Coworking Space in Tokyo with Hee Gun Eom
I did my first event at Nishiogi Place and now I’ve got Hee Gun Eom on the podcast to talk about building a coworking space in Tokyo!
Podcast #27 – Game Designer Turned Fashion Designer – Thomas Grové
I met Thomas when we were both taking Seth Godin’s altMBA. He’s a videogame and fashion designer based in Osaka, and he has a lot to share about business, marketing and design.
Podcast #26 – How Do You Become a REAL Teacher in Japan?
What does it take to become a real teacher in Japan?
Podcast #25 – Starting a Successful YouTube Channel with Joseph Everett
What do you do when you quit your job? For Joseph, it was a chance to make his YouTube channel into a full-time career!
Podcast #24 – Staying Fit, Healthy and Connected in Tokyo with Leo Fuchigami
There are a lot of options for work in Japan, and especially in Tokyo, but what do you do when you have learned everything you need to in an industry you don’t want to stick around in?
Podcast #23 – Blockchain and Recruitment in Japan with Misha Yurchenko
English teaching is just one option to come to Japan, but if you want to build a network and learn about sales and business, there are tons of options. Misha, my guest this week, has you covered.
Podcast #22 – Actually Achieving Your Goals in Japan
You can make changes to your life in Japan that stick. All you need to do is change your perspective.
Podcast #21 – Find a Problem Worth Solving with Robert Millar
Robert Millar is a serial entrepreneur, and owner of the co-working space Ginza HUB. He’s been working and building up businesses in Japan for over twenty years, and has a lot of experience both of massive successes and also big failures, which we can all learn from.
Podcast #20 – Starting a Successful English Coaching Business
Ken Matsunaga started his English coaching business in Japan five years ago, and has already cleared $1m in revenue.
Podcast #19 – Getting a Great Apartment in Japan
Here are the rules I’ve learned about how to get the apartment you want at a price you can afford, based on my experience moving five times in Japan in three prefectures.
Podcast #18 – The Entrepreneur Visa in Japan is a MESS
This week my guest didn’t want to be named, because he’ll be talking about how much of a mess the new entrepreneur visa in Japan is. I was shocked to hear this stuff!
Podcast #17 – Why Some English Teachers in Japan Feel Like Frauds
Why are English teachers in Japan ashamed to call themselves teachers? For the first time, this week is going to be a solo podcast where I answer this big question that often goes unvoiced.
Podcast #16 – How To Hustle As a Freelancer in Tokyo with Diana Tsuruda
I talk to Diana about working as a freelance dancer, teacher and yoga instructor in Tokyo, and how she always has interesting and exciting work.
Podcast #15 – Working More Effectively in Japanese Organisations and Making an Impact with Tove Kinooka
I have a chat with Tove Kinooka about how to work with people from different cultures and promote change within organisations in Japan.
Podcast #14 – The Challenges Faced by Non-Profits in Japan with Declan Somers
Declan talks all about the struggles of operating a Non-Profit Organisation (Seibo) in Japan.
Podcast #13 – Making a Life Around Your Passion for Japan with Tristan Junker
Tristan tells us all about how he built a business around his passion for Japan and Japanese culture.
Podcast #12 – English Teacher to Freelance Photographer to Business Owner with Lukasz Palka
A lot of work out here is in English teaching, but if you work on your passions (like Lukasz does with Photography), then you can radically change your path.
Podcast #11 – Making a Living Travelling Around Japan with Elizabeth Mueller
Meet Elizabeth Mueller, a friend who has built her business around her love of travelling in Japan. How can you make money travelling, you ask? Listen and find out!
Podcast #10: Tech and Startup Culture in Japan with Yan Fan
Charlie talks to Yan Fan, an engineer and tech founder in Tokyo. Yan runs the coding bootcamp Code Chrysalis in Roppongi, and on this episode we’ll talk all about tech and startup culture in Japan.
Podcast #9: Building Your Dream Job, A Video Game Bar in Japan with Alex Fraioli
Charlie talks to Alex Fraioli, the owner of Critical Hit Bar in Nagoya. Starting a business in Japan can be an incredibly tough challenge, and while you don’t need Japanese you do need to have a lot of resilience.
Podcast #8: Getting Top Paying Jobs at Universities in Japan with Diego Medrano
Charlie talks to Diego Medrano, an incredibly talented, conscientious and sought-after university and high school teacher who really knows how to get a top teaching salary in Japan.
Podcast #7: What You Dont Know About Getting Jobs in Japan with Peter Lackner
Charlie talks to Peter, the owner of JobsinJapan.com. There is nothing this man doesn’t know about finding better work in Japan.
Podcast #6: Building a 6-Figure Online Business Teaching English in Japan with Arthur Zetes
Charlie talks to Arthur Zetes about how he’s built a 6-figure business teaching English in Japan and actually helped Japanese people to connect with foreigners.
Podcast #5: Being an Entrepreneur in Japan in 2018
Martin and Charlie talk about entrepreneurship, how you can provide enough value to make more money and become financially independent, and finding bigger and better opportunities in Japan.
Podcast #4 – What Will You Do To Be Successful in Japan?
We look back on the year of 2016 and forward to 2017 in Japan. What will you do to be successful in Japan?
Podcast #3: Use Meetup.com to expand your network and get opportunities in Japan
Meetup.com Community Manager Hiroyasu Ichikawa teaches us insider tips on how you can use Meetup in Japan to meet people and grow your network. We have talked recently about how Charlie built a successful meetup group where he met his girlfriend, and where some of his...
Podcast #2: Getting an internship in Japan to experience Japanese work culture and gain valuable skills.
Internship Japan is a growing group of people working voluntarily (Non-Profit Organization) for the mission to establish and support a new and better system of internships in Japan.
Podcast #1: The Grandpa Method
Your grandpa's time-tested method for securing your dream job in Japan. In this podcast episode: You will hear from Marco, my former flatmate in Tokyo of 3+ years, university fraternity brother and friend. Marco knew ZERO Japanese when he arrived to Japan. Yet he was...