How much money should I bring to Japan?
It is important to bring at least US$1000.00 to $1500.00 to cover personal expenses until receiving your first full salary. You will receive a partial salary approximately one month later on the 20th but nevertheless this amount should supplement the $1000+ being brought.
How will I get from the Airport to the Guest House?
We will have one of our senior teachers or directors meet you at Narita Airport. He or she will take you back to our guest house by train or car. He or she will have a sign-post with your name on it and will have seen your picture. Also, we will provide him or her, your flight details. If anything happens along the way (delayed flight, sudden change in terminal, can’t find your teacher) never hesitate to contact us. We will additionally contact you by email with the person’s email address and cell phone number.
Where will I be staying during training & observation period?
During training, you will stay free of charge at our guesthouse, located in Yotsukaido, 5-7 minutes from our Flagship School and the JR Yotsukaido train station. All transportation expenses after arriving at our Guest House will be reimbursed for training and observations. After training it will depend on the situation of whether you stay at the guesthouse or move into your apartment for observations. We will give you all this information during the “Final Processing” segment of training. You are welcome to arrive in Japan a little early and stay at our guesthouse if you wish to acclimate yourself to Japan and wish to do a little exploring.
Are training & observation paid?
Your training period, five days, is not paid but your observation period will be paid at the rate of 5,000 Yen per day. Don’t forget, you are housed for free while staying at our guest house and all transportation expenses for training and observations are reimbursed.
How will my first salary & first month’s rent work?
Our pay period is from the 1st to the 30th or 31st of each month. Training usually starts in the middle of a pay period. After finishing training, you will be paid 5,000 yen per observation day and 10,000 yen per teaching day until the end of that month. If you move into your apartment in the middle of this initial pay period month, IB Japan will deduct only 500 yen per day for your apartment to cover your utilities and rent. This first salary will be paid the following month on the 20th. As of the 1st of the next month your full salary will go into effect (250,000 yen per month) and your rent and national income tax will automatically be deducted from that amount.
Do I need Health Insurance?
YES. Everyone residing in Japan must be covered by health insurance, the Kokumin Kenko Hoken (National Health Insurance) is the major form of public health insurance. The program is operated at the municipal level. Each municipality collects insurance premiums in the form of a 10 monthly payment bill booklet and pays 70% of medical and dental costs. The insured/enrolled person pays the remaining 30% at the accounting section of the medical institution where medical treatment is received. Payment can be made at any convenience store. It is under 100,000 yen per year for the first year, however, the rate will go up after the first year as you will now have a salary/tax history with the local government. It also covers pre-existing medical conditions. We will explain where and when to apply.
Will I be able to access the Internet during training and observation?
Our guest house is equipped with wifi Internet access, so you can just plug-in your computer. Make sure to buy a three prong converter (to two-prong) as Japanese sockets do not allow for a third prong plug-in. Such adaptors are available in Japan but we recommend having one beforehand.
Is there Internet in the apartment?
The apartment can be set up for internet access. The installation and set up time may vary. Most apartments are already set up with internet.
Can I send money home easily?
There are two fairly straightforward ways to send money to your home country. The first is to send an international money order from a Japanese post office. This is relatively cheap, and will arrive in the same amount of time that a normal piece of mail would (Note: as there is a special process for sending such a money order to Canada, it can take longer and be more complex).
The second is through a company called Lloyd’s (please see: www.golloyds.com/index/en). This is a service that is free to register for, and that will set up a way for you to transfer money from your Japanese bank account to your home bank account which costs 2000 yen (plus any fees charged by the receiving bank) and only takes a day.
Will I have to pay Japanese income taxes?
Foreign employees also have to pay taxes in Japan. You will have federal taxes taken out of your paycheck every month, and the amount is approximately 4-6%. After you have lived in Japan for the fiscal year, you will also have to pay resident taxes. These can either be paid directly at a local convenience store, post office, or bank in one lump sum or in four bi-monthly installments.
How much money will I be able to save on my salary?
This again depends entirely on the lifestyle you choose to live. With some dedicated planning, it is feasible to save between 80,000-100,000 yen per month. Depending on your country this can translate between $12,000.00 to $15,000.00 for the 18 month contract depending on the exchange rate. IB Japan strongly encourages all new teachers to start a savings plan and budget.
I know the first contract is 1.5 years but is every contract renewal also 1.5 years?
It is important to remember ONLY your 1st year contract will be 1.5 years. Any additional contract renewals - pending upon approval - are available for 6 months or a year. A 6 month contract has no salary increase but 2 new contingency days will be awarded. A one year contract has a salary increase of 5000 yen per month plus 5 new contingency days.