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Japan Work Benefits

Photo below was taken in 2001 when I was at a recruitment company called Job Dragon. They were based in Omotesando which had great office views.

The CEO of Job Dragon contacted me because he liked my designs of which I spoke about in the history of article.

The hiring process at Good Smile is as follows.

1. Submit resume online.

2. If your resume looks good then you are called for an interview with their hiring staff.

3. If the hiring staff is impressed then you go back again to meet the boss.

4. You get "congrats!" or "thanks but no thanks" message.

I think I may have spoken about this before but cant find the article. While in the UK working for Japan Airlines, I applied for a position that was in Tokyo working for Nature online through a recruitment company called People First. They have many connections with Japanese companies so if you are in the UK then you may want to give them a whirl if you are looking for work in Japan.


The job was based in Tokyo and the description was "Web marketing in SE Asia." I said to myself that I had to have that job and even told my wife on the day I applied that "we are going to Japan" - she gave me a smile.

A few days later, I got a call to meet the general manager (David) of Nature Japan who had come to the UK for to do interviews. I met with him for an hour and the interview included a task to read a scientific article in Japanese ^^;

After the first interview, I went home and stayed up all night to make a simple Nature Korea website - they didn't have one at the time and discussed how it would be strategically important to have one during the interview.

I saved the files on a floppy, printed out a screenshot and found out what hotel David was staying at.

I got to the hotel, slid the folder under his door and left.

That night, I got a call from the recruitment agency who said that David wanted to meet me again and that "he was surprised by your delivery".

Met up with David who said that he wanted to send me to Tokyo for a round of interviews with the staff. I said to myself that I was going to get the job and was confident.

A week of interviews and tests proceeded for a week. I was doing forecasting which I had never done before and had to think of an algorithm that made sense. I was also doing translating of scientific articles which they don't teach in university for some reason ^^;

The end of the week came and I had a meeting with David expecting an answer but he said "We will give you a decision after you get back to the UK."

I started to imagine the pain of sitting on a plane for 12 hours worrying about the decision and said "I probably wont have any finger or toenails left after biting them all off through thinking about whether I got the job or not - I would prefer an answer before I go back (smiles)."

David laughs and says "I understand."

My time was up and I done everything I could. All I could do was to wait for his call.

The hotel phone rang on a rainy Sunday morning - it was David. "Danny, we would love you to join us."

My dream came true. I was going to live and work in Japan.

Went back to the UK, handed in my notice to Japan Airlines, packed two suitcases and bought a one way ticket to Tokyo.

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Taken on July 24, 2008