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Tokyo Craigslist Jobs and Scams

Last updated : June 20, 2016 

Total ads /companies listed : 62

Disclaimers : I don’t guarantee the accuracy of the information posted on this article. What I did was simply gather and save the data (which Craigslist automatically deletes after a certain period of time) and post them here for all to see indefinitely. Please use your own  judgement and proceed accordingly.

Again, before proceeding, please be reminded that for the first two categories, what I posted  are mere ALLEGATIONS, not (yet) proven in court.

Allegation

Allegations have not been proven in court. If allegations are later proven or accepted during a guilty plea, they are then called facts.

LawFacts. Glossary. < http://lawfacts.ca/glossary >

Once you have that in mind, please continue.

News for you: Dismissed sarcastically by most as the site that “inspires great confidence”, I think Tokyo Craigslist deserves more credit than it’s getting. I actually got 4 jobs through that site. Unfortunately, many people are not so lucky. I decided to monitor Craigslist from time to time and screen cap warning posts.

NOTE : After receiving threatening mails, I decided to consult with my lawyer, who advised me to state the source of each ad/ review for copyright reasons.

Tokyo Craigslist Jobs and Scams :  Threatening mails

Tokyo Craigslist Jobs and Scams : Threatening mails

A. Scam Companies and Undesirable Employers 

The first category lists establishments (companies, schools, f&b establishments) have with direct complaints posted on Craigslist (or any other job sites) . The complainants accuse the establishment of being a scam by doing any of the following:

I.  Scam Companies

  1. the entity itself as (allegedly) being dubious/suspicious (may even be flagged at eBay Hijacker Fraudulent/Fake Domains & Log On Pages or such pages)
  2. (allegedly)  doing fraudulent activities
  3. (allegedly)  soliciting money for training, job-hiring, investing etc.
  4. or no real work at all (allegedly)  (posted to fish for information or to benefit off someone’s work by doing trials).

1) Female looks for girls who want to join a business idea (Tokyo)
2) Atlas Capital Markets :Equity Trader – US Stock Market (Scott Chrisan )
3) Union Foods Limited: Logistics Manager JPY 500,000-700,000/month (http://unionfood.org)
4) Part-time Parcel Forwarder (Tokyo)
5) Ladies for a legitimate AV career (tokyo)
6) Euro-trans logistics (Shipping Agent)
7) Adult scene  (TOKYO)
8) MAX 10 MILLION YEN AV Production Company (Tokyo)
9) Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo-Japan)
10) Scam : Professional Male Narrators for Studio Recordings (Tokyo)(Tokyo-Japan)
11) Bilingual Coordinator (Minami Aoyama)
12) Tired of died end jobs… Then how about a pyramid scheme! (Egypt)
13) Scam : Japanese company hiring*Online job

I also included companies to stay away from or be careful of.

II. Undesirable employers

  1. They are companies with direct complaints on forums, Craigslist, Reddit, Glassdoor and elsewhere
  2. The people flagging these companies are not necessarily  employees or ex-employees. They may have limited, but nevertheless undesirable experience with the potential employers during the interview or application process
  3. The conditions posted are exploitative if not downright illegal

1)Looking for people with image editing experience (Photoshop)
2)Head ALT needed right away! (Kiryu, Gunma)
3) Get paid for tutoring a CEO (Nishi-Shinjuku)
4)Looking for a native Japanese speaker – to read Japanese URGENT (Japan)
5)Part time job for Jul 19-21 (Toyocho 東陽町)
6)【Southeast Asian writer in English】tour guide website in Japan. (tokyo)
7)English native teachers for private lessons @ various locations (Tokyo,Yokohama,Chiba,Saitama)
8) Business English Teacher Needed ASAP! (Tsukada Station)
9) MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)
10) Female staffs wanted(Gotanda )
11) 500 yen for 30 mins photoshoot (Tokyo)
12) Re:English Teacher Wanted ( Part Time) (1-27-10, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, T (HELL)
13)English Teacher wanted for Perky CC!! (Kamata)
14)Native English Teacher – Preschool (Tokyo, Fuchu-shi) (hell)

B. Companies with Terrible Work Conditions

The second category is a list of establishments (companies, schools, f&b establishments) that are legit and not scam companies per se. They  may even be duly registered in Japan or abroad.

There are two qualifications for a company to be listed here :
1) They must have direct complaints, posted on forums, Craigslist, Reddit, Glassdoor, the Japan Times or elsewhere.
2) Their allegations must be any of the following :

  • Economic exploitation : (a) non-payment of salary (b)unjustly withholding of a portion of salary (c) unjustly withholding the entire salary
  • Discrimination and Harassment : (a) Gender discrimination (b) Ageism (c) Racism  (d) workplace bullying and harassment (e) sexual harassment
  • Bad management : (a) Non-support of staff (b) Unreasonable scheduling (c) Abuse of power
  • Misrepresentation : (a) Using different names (b) False claims about work conditions (c) and salary

Again these are mere allegations! Use your own best judgement and decide for yourself.

1) Butler’s Cafe in Shibuya
2) British Culture Academy (Kawaguchi)
3) Heart Corporation / Heart English School
4) Coco Juku School
5) Part Time Cleaning Job (Tokyo)
6) Moshier TLC (Nishi Nippori)
7) Guesthouse Manager (Are You Mr/Ms Guesthouse? Are you Mr/Ms Ambitious? ) / Are you Mister Guesthouse (Shinjuku/Nakano/Ikebukero)
8) PAUKE German Restaurant
9) Paddys Junction (Shinjuku 3chome)
10)Grape Culture Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki)
11) Ishii English school
12) International Shot Bar Boo
13) Bars in Ginza and Roppongi
14) Looking for Part-time Teachers (Higashi Matsuyama)
15) Magical Pop Kids in Chiba

C. Establishments  that are perpetually looking for new employees

The third is a list of companies with no direct complaints but are perpetually looking for new employees, for whatever reasons. Posting ALL THE TIME raises a red flag for some job-seekers, although there is no complaint yet from previous employees. In this case, there are no allegations.

1) Tokyo American Club
2) Okinawa Restaurant / Bars
3) May Flower Guest House
4) Bar Asappara in Ginza
5) part time bilingual admin assistant and translator (Nogizaka and nakamguro)
6) Phlippino person (Japanese speaker)
7) Bookkeeping assistant (Tokyo)
8) Filipina/Latina/Intl Hostesses Wanted in Kawasaki (Kawasaki)
9) Tex-Mex BBQ Chef, line and prep cooks needed (Akasaka)
10) ALTs for Tokyo Metropolitan Board (5,500yen/hour) (Tokyo)
11) Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar& BARMAID
12) KITCHEN PREP ・COOK
13) MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba. * Moved to B
13) HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima)
14) Church Seeks Pianist Sunday 11-12 Weekly (Oedo)
15) Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya)

D. Others

Includes those not included in the first three categories. Suspicious ads,  asking for passport copies, soliciting nude pictures and the like. Please refrain from sending your own nude pics/videos!!

1) AV jobs on Craigslist
2)Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi)
3)Young Models… (Tokyo)
4)Companion (Tokyo)
5)COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo)

A. I. Scam Companies and Undesirable Employers

I. Scam Companies

1) Female looks for girls who want to join a business idea (Tokyo)

(Soliciting money scam)(Suspicious Company)

Their Ad:

Scam  :  Femalle looks for girls who want to join a business idea (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

Scam : Femalle looks for girls who want to join a business idea (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM

First of all- What does this mean?

“qualificated massagist???” NOT EVEN ENGLISH!

DON`T WORK WITH THIS WOMAN. IT IS A SEX BUSINESS.
SHE USES GIRLS AND REPORTS THEM TO POLICE SINCE SHE WAS ARRESTED FOR SOLICITATION.

YOU WILL NOT BE PAID AND SHE WILL ASK TO KEEP YOUR PASSPORT.

DON`T DO IT!
-R

Review copied from Craigslist

2) Atlas Capital Markets : Equity Trader – US Stock Market (Scott Chrisan )

(Soliciting money scam)

Their Ad:

Scam : Atlas Capital Markets : Equity Trader - US Stock Market (Scott Chrisan )

Scam : Atlas Capital Markets : Equity Trader – US Stock Market (Scott Chrisan ) Screen cap from Craiglist

Review(s):

SCAM! The guy is asking for money. You shouldn’t be paying 4-5k for remote training !!!

Review copied from Wallstreetoasis.com

3) Union Foods Limited: Logistics Manager JPY 500,000-700,000/month  (http://unionfood.org)

(Suspicious Company)

Their Ad:

Scam: Union Foods Limited, Logistic Manager

Scam :Union Foods Limited, Logistic Manager. Screen cap from their website.

Review(s):

I got a job offer by simply submitting an incomplete CV without even talking to anyone. Try to find the address through Google map and you wouldn’t be able to find anything but residential homes. I tried calling them but the  number they gave me is almost always an answering machine, with someone obviously faking a British accent. The people “working” for them have sketchy backgrounds, you’d see them working in companies such as Baltic Bakery Limited, that shares the same address. Lastly, the if you check on some free information online, their capital is said to be £100.00

Scam: Union Foods Limited, Logistic Manager

Scam : Union Foods Limited, Logistic Manager

Review by an applicant

4) Part-time Parcel Forwarder (Tokyo)

(Fraudulent Activities Scam)

Their Ad:

(Ad deleted)

Review(s):

Re: Part-time Parcel Forwarder (Tokyo) SCAM (Tokyo)
compensation: zero
part-time

This is a common scam. Often goods are purchased with stolen credit cards and you will be assisting the theft. You might also be criminally liable.

Review copied from Craigslist

5)Ladies for a legitimate AV career (tokyo)

(Suspicious Company)

Their ad:

I Hey! So my name is Jen and I’m currently a model/actress in the AV business. My agent is currently seeking new faces. Any ethnic background is good!Everything is 100% safe and contract binding on a month to month or yearly basis, working with big name companies in Japan. All Dr visits/salon care/ dinners/transportation is all paid for.Its a really fun experience of you’re interested and totally beats these other scams here!If you’re interested, please attach a headshot (no NUDES) with your age, height and weight, and ethnic background.I’d be happy to get back to you asap and even meet with you for a coffee date if you prefer.Thank you!
-Jen
Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):
Suspicious company : Ladies for a legitimate AV career (tokyo)

Suspicious company: Ladies for a legitimate AV career (tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

(NOTE: The douche bags who put this lame-ass ad up have been sending me harassing emails because I’m scaring away the fish. Ladies, I’d watch out for these guys.)I can assure you that A/V companies and agents in Japan do NOT pay for doctor visits, salon care, dinners, and transportation. They also don’t have one of their “models” soliciting for them on a website like Craiglist. These agents get hundreds of headshots and CVs a day–they don’t need to look for women on Craigslist.I know this because I REALLY work in the A/V business in Japan. If you want a legitimate AV career, hire a manager. It’s as simple as that.Nice try, “Jen.”

Review copied from Craigslist

6)Euro-trans logistics (Shipping Agent)

(Fraudulent Activities Scam)(Suspicious Company)

Their ad:

This is a great opportunity for a fluent English speaking shipping agent to work for an international freight shipping company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. This company provide shipping and logistics services, both ocean and air freight services to their customers throughout Japan.

Japan Shipping agent receives a commission of 5% for every processed order. The commission is deducted from the wire transfer that you receive to your account, for example an average 5,000 USD transfer will bring you 250 USD commission instantly. So you will earn about 1,500 USD per month, depending of the amount of the transfers. The sum may increase if you will be able to process more orders. We cover all forwarding and taxes expenses.

Your Responsibilities will include:
– receiving an Invoice to your E-mail with all the details of the transfer;
– receiving a wire transfer from our partners;
– providing analytical reports and insuring that payments for our services will be delivered in time.

Our Requirements:
– permanently living in Japan;
– available for remote work 10-15 hours a week;
– English speaker;
– experienced PC user;
– You must be a self-starter;
– Must be customer oriented;
– Must have good communication skills, both written and spoken.

Experience in shipping is not a must for this position and full training will be provided.

If you live permanently in Japan, speak English and feel you have interest to this job you’re more than welcome to apply on olesorensen31@gmail.com 

or more details about the company, please, visit its web-site http://eurotrans-logistics.com

Ad copied from a job site.

Review(s):

(1) I applied for this company and they were interested in hiring me without doing any sort of formal interviews. I finally found their website in the scam’s list. They tried calling me a couple of times. I finally mailed them the URL of the scam lists and they never replied again. Review by an applicant. 

(2) This man sent half the amount for a car that was never delivered. Check the thread.

Scam : Eurotrans-logistics

Fraudulent activities, suspicious company : Eurotrans-logistics. Screen cap from http://forum.escrow-fraud.com/

7) Adult site is looking for women for brief scenes

(Suspicious Company)

Their Ad:

Adult site is looking for women for brief scenes. We are open to nationality and age (18+).

Please also attach a photo of your face and full body (please DO NOT send nude photos–you will not be nude during the scene).

Each video shoot will be between 1-2 hours. Please specify whether or not you would like to hide your identity. We look forward to working with you!

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s): 

If any woman is interested in responding to this ad (pasted below)), please be aware that they have stolen our company’s ad word-for-word. Anyone who can’t write a simple ad looking for women for an adult video should not be trusted. 

I have emailed them, and contacted Craigslist, so their ad should be down soon (although flagging their fake ad would help speed up the process). 

Our production company has been running the same ad for over a year. These schmucks are NOT a part of our company. We are not responsible for whatever happens to you should you contact, meet up with, and/or shoot a video with them. I can assure you it will not end well.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Review copied from Craigslist

8) MAX 10 MILLION YEN AV Production Company

(Suspicious Company)

Their ad:

Female models wanted for AV production.
MAXIMUM 10 MILLION YEN CONTRACT

Requirement:
Age 18 or above
Japanese citizen, permanent resident or visa holder with proof
Good health
Have lawful identification
No drug
No connection to anti-social elements
Currently not belonging other agency (AV or mainstream)
No experience necessary

Work information:
Our agency respects wishes of models for which work they are comfortable. We only introduce types of shoots you are interested.
AV model: major release
Image video model: nude or seminude for advertising and promotion)
Photo model: Web advertising and magazine etc.(It can be non-nude)
*Also you can work outside of Japan too.

Send email basic profile with photo.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s): 

Scam : MAX 10 MILLION YEN AV Production Company  (Tokyo)

Suspicious company : MAX 10 MILLION YEN AV Production Company (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

This “production company” is full of sh*t. If they have so much money to offer models/actresses, why not go through legitimate channels, such as management companies, instead of shady websites like Craigslist?

Ladies, I contacted them–it’s just a couple of guys trying to get laid. You’ve been warned. “Apply” at your own risk.

Review copied from Craigslist

9) Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo-Japan)

(Scam)

Their ad:

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo)

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

Hello. We want to offer career opportunity for Japan-based people who’re seeking a job in Tokyo and other areas.

Servicing to the certain segment of customers, rendering consulting services, interdepartmental operation coordination, monitoring of task fulfillment till the end result, cooperation with the “by-mail” customers and other information providers as well as information provision services and monitoring of operations conducted by own segment of customers.
You are interlinks between the customers and our company’s departments. You represent a link between the company’s employees and the target departments, allowing them fulfilling their local tasks. The job at the mentioned vacancy will let you working part-time and full-time. You may work at home also.
Main duties:
- Integrity
- Super positive attitude
- Cheerful and enthusiastic
- Punctual & dependable
- Ability to work in a stressful situation cheerfully
- Problem-solver
- Desire to excel in the job
– Other duties;

The mentioned vacancy is urgent for our company at the moment. Send us your resume to the e-mail address show contact info with subject “Customer Manager in Japan (city/town)”

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s): 

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo)

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

scammers!!!

Review copied from Craigslist

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo)

Scam : Customer Oriented Manager (Tokyo)

Travel Centre is a Scam. They will ask you to do something like it is a real job then get all your bank info even before meeting any of their staff. You will only communicate via email, no phone calls.Then they will ask you to do some money transfer via Western Union and say this is only a one time thing. I bet this is a one time thing for all their applicants.

Be careful on giving personal information and don’t do money transfers for people you do not know.

Review copied from Craigslist

10) Scam : Professional Male Narrators of Studio Recordings (Tokyo)

(Scam)

Their ad:

We’re looking for ONLY native-speaking male narrators from the following countries:

*Spanish Speakers- from South America
*Portuguese Speakers- from Brazil
*Germany – Standard German Accent
*France – Standard French Accent
*Italy – Standard Italian Accent

You must live in Japan, be an experienced professional narrator with a voice sample, and have a proper working visa and bank account to be a successful candidate.NOTE: Please include the following information:
Please send your FULL official name, a brief resume (in Japanese if possible), and your phone number and current email address (open on the email..not as an attachment) so we may contact you.

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s): 

This ad is a fake, please be careful if you reply, not to submit too much personal details.
Trust me, they will never get back to you.

We’re searching for male narrators with mature but clear voices- mid to lower tones- for a two hour narration recording session in February, to take place at a Tokyo recording studio.

Review copied from Craigslist

11) Bilingual Coordinator (Minami Aoyama)

(Scam)

Their ad:

Interplace Inc. is looking for Bilingual Coordinator in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo.
The position is responsible for managing and representing professional athletes in US and Japan.

Entry level candidates are welcome to apply!
Must be fluent in Japanese and English(reading and writing).
Must be able to travel.
Must be interested in working in sports industry.

Permanent position, up to 250,000 yen a month, potential bonus.

Please forward your Word formatted resume with Job #43027FH

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

 Scam : Bilingual Coordinator ((Minami Aoyama))

Scam : Bilingual Coordinator ((Minami Aoyama))

One more recruiting company that will post a job, retrieve resumes and NEVER answer to the the people that are looking for a job.
Does this JOB even exist ???Job #43027FH, by Interplace Inc
Craigslist is just more and more disappointing….Review copied from Craigslist

12) RE: Tired of died end jobs… Then how about a pyramid scheme!

(Scam)

Their ad:

We are the largest japan-online electronics.
We are looking for great people to expand our business.
We sell laptops, cell phones,iPad and tablets around the world . We buy direct from the factory You can work at home and come iin every Friday for sales report.
We pay per item whatever you sell. The average person makes
400,000 yen pen . If you don’t want to make 5,000 an hour don’t contact me.

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Am I right? lol. Give me a break.

Review copied from Craigslist

13) Scam : Japanese company hiring*Online job

(Scam)

Their ad:

Scam : Japanese company hiring*Online job

Scam : Japanese company hiring*Online job


Hello craiglist. We are smartphone-case.com.
We have been expanding our company and have lots of customers all over the world.

Smartphone-case.com is looking for online workers who can

-work from home

-help our customers in English by email

-help improve our Japanese workers English skill

You will get paid

1hr/1600 yen

3 to 8 hours shift!

We need about 20 people of online customer servers. Your job is going to be mainly emailing.
Please apply using the form below.

http://smartphone-case.com/hiring/

Looking forward to working with you.

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Dear Craiglist community,
Stumble upon this post offering online job with 1600jpy/hr for smartphone-case.com.
Please be aware….. smell like a identity phishing scam.

– Request all your photos and legal info to their web “smartphone-case.com”.??!!!
– Another japan site that i know is “http://www.smartphone-case.jp/&#8221; and it seems it has nothing to do with this.
– There is no corporate information inside the web, phone number is `123456789′????
– The privacy statement seems to be a copy from another company website “https://basicinc.jp/privacy&#8221;

Please decide yourself carefully, but when things are too good to be true, there’s always a catch.

Review copied from Craigslist

II. Undesirable Employers

1) Looking for people with image editing experience (Photoshop)

Allegations : Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

Hello Craigslist Tokyo,

We are a translation company looking for candidates with image editing experience who are able to help us with lettering for a large-scale manga translation project.

The job involves taking a translation script in Excel, and entering the dialogue and sound effects into image files using Photoshop or a similar program. We are looking for candidates who fit the following criteria:

– Have extensive experience using Photoshop or a similar program and are able to work quickly. Work can come at any time, so speed and flexibility are musts. A typical workload is 15-20 pages due within 2-3 days, and we can let you know when the work is coming a few days in advance.
– Attention to detail and ability to deliver files that meet specific guidelines
– Ability to at least recognize Japanese characters (our manga pages and translations are not numbered)
-Must be located in Japan.

Please note that the rate for this editing work is 100 yen per lettered page.

If you are interested in helping us with our project, please feel free to contact us, and we will send you a couple of sample pages to complete.

We look forward to working with you!

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Economic exploitation : Looking for people with image editing experience (Photoshop)

Undesirable employers : Looking for people with image editing experience (Photoshop). Screen cap from http://japanchecker.com/

This exploitative company keeps coming back to the well at Craigslist to grab a new round ****** every few weeks. That says it all.

This is essentially a typesetting job. It’s also more than that because of their broken workflow — when they actually incorporate you into it — because they prey on suckers on Craigslist and offer unsustainably low pay. Meanwhile they are happy to have you translate “trial pages” for free, which for all you know are being used officially. If you do the trials, be sure to watermark the **** out of them.

But don’t do the trials. Don’t apply for the job.

You need your own LICENSED software, your own LICENSED fonts, and forget that, let’s say you pirate everything, there is still the value of your KNOWLEDGE of the software and applied fonts, the practical availability (just because you freelance and do quick work quickly doesn’t mean your Tuesday morning and Sunday midnight are interchangeable), Japanese comprehension (hell, ENGLISH comprehension), contextual editing and rewriting, and more. All of these things demand MORE pay. Not less.

Pay is offered “per page” instead of “per word”, which is only in your favor if pages contain one or two words and require no contextualizing. Fat chance.

They are offering a “big project” which tells me their business model is to trump up their claimed resources and offer impossibly low rates to contract with distributors, making their profit by f****** the resources (you) right up the ass with terrible pay.

I work in this business. We compete directly with one of Japan’s biggest producers and sellers of manga, DMM.com, who is aggressively expanding in the general English market. It’s easy to imagine how someone like DMM might contract out to smaller publishers and agencies like this bullshit one for translated content at bulk rates. It’s easy to imagine how the bullshit agency might fish for suckers on such as Craigslist, and of course pay fractional bulk rates such as 100 yen “per page”. You’re freelancing because the middleman pie eaters keep multiplying like this at regular jobs and cut into livable wages. Absolutely do not apply for this job. Avoid. Avoid. The only interaction you should have with them is to find out who their clients are, and then market yourself directly to those clients. If not, if you’re kidding yourself that this is a fair wage for a possibly fledgling freelancer, get ye to a convenience store. More about that below.

STAY AWAY from this awful bullshit offer. 100 yen per page, h*** ****.

IF you are able to fully typeset a page every 11 minutes, IF your workflow is geared for optimal assembly line production, congratulations, your considerable resourcefulness and expertise are worth, to the people offering this gig, the national hourly minimum (700 yen). You have to typeset an entire 7-page manga IN ONE HOUR to earn the same wage as that retarded high school dropout at the convenience store who puts the soup in a plastic bag sideways. In three hours of standing around, the retard will have earned 2100 yen. In order for YOU to “earn” the equivalent, you had better be god damned tap-dancing and singing and producing the hell out of those manga at a miraculous speed. By the end of his shift, the retard will take home between 5000 and 8000 yen. For you to get that, you have to typeset 80 pages of manga. Think you can do that within the span of a regular work shift?

This wage is directly insulting to your intelligence and your talents. The person who posted the job offer thinks so little of you, the only way they could express it “better” is by making you lick your own fecal smegma off the finger they shoved up your bottom and are now pointing in your face. “YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOUSELF LUCKY TO GET EVEN THIS,” says the pointy finger.

Try taking the above paragraph and formatting it into a multi-panel comic in less than 11 minutes. Go on, treat yourself. Stretch it into into three pages. Let’s assume you already did this for free once, for the “trial”.

Congratulations, you just earned 300 yen.

I’ll send it to you at the end of next month. There is a bank transfer fee of 470 yen.

DO NOT APPLY. STAY AWAY from this low pay b*******.

Review copied from Japanchecker 

2) Head ALT needed right away! (Kiryu, Gunma)

Allegations : Undesirable employers

Their ad:

Head ALT needed right away! (Kiryu, Gunma)

compensation: Monthly salary: 220,000 yen. Transportation fee 5,000 yen

contract job
We are looking for an experienced ALT to guide and help JET ALTs in Kiryu City in Gunma.

This is a great opportunity for experienced ALTs to expand their responsibilities and become a head ALT. You will give advice and guide JET ALTs at various schools. Sometimes you will observe their lessons or actually help in the lesson, in addition to teaching some of your own classes. This is a great position for those looking to move forward a little in their career.

Requirements:
– Native English speakers
– At least basic/conversational Japanese ability
– Only applicants who can interview and start right away may apply.
– Japanese working visa (preferred, but sponsorship available for native English speakers only)
– ALT or other teaching experience
– Japanese license or International license

Details:
– Working schools: 5-6 elementary schools and junior high schools
– Contract period : April 1st 2014 — March 31st 2015
– Working hours : 8:30 — 16:30
– Required to drive

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Hey Scummy Employer,
Did your previous Head ALT suddenly bail out on you? If those are the working condition of the HEAD ALT, god help anyone working for you Shite Hawks.

Please stop posting your shit on this website.

Review copied from Craigslist

3) Get paid for tutoring a CEO (Nishi-Shinjuku)

Allegations : Undesirable employers 

Their ad : 

Undesirable employers : Part Time job for tutoring our CEO

Undesirable employers : Part Time job for tutoring our CEO. Screen cap from Craigslist.

This job requires 60 minute sessions once a week or once in two weeks,depends on schedule.


You will be teaching the CEO of a global start-up who just relocated
to San Francisco from Tokyo.
He is temporary back in Tokyo and to maintain his English we are looking for a tutor.
The sessions would be at our Nishi-Shinjuku,Tokyo, office (face to face session).

This is a great opportunity to meet and build a relationship with a
rising founder/CEO, while supplementing your income. Preference will
be to candidates interested in the tech industry, or who have previous
relevant experience in journalism/blogging/teaching/tutoring/business.

Requirements:
You must have an excellent command of the English language, both
verbally and in writing.

You must be capable of talking about business. He needs to practice
business and tech-industry lingo.
You must be prepared to ask him a lot of questions to get him talking.
You must be on time and understand that this position is important to us.
You must be prepared to commit to a weekend schedule.
You must be NICE. He is a really cool guy to talk to. If you are only
going to be rude, no need to apply.
Knowledge of Japanese is a plus, but not necessary.

About us: Our company is launching our first social mobile app in
June, with plans to launch 3 – 4 web and mobile apps annually. This
position has the potential to grow into an internship opportunity with
us.

Please respond to this advertisement with:

1) An email with the subject ‘PT CEO ENGLISH’ on the subject line, a
brief introduction to yourself, who you are, what you do, what
you want to do and why you’re interested in this job PLUS your
availability for weekdays and weekend shifts
2) Resume in PDF. Applicants without resumes will not be considered.
3) Links to any social media accounts that you feel comfortable sharing.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

This ad is real. I did it for a minute but the CEO was always late, never apologized, was a bit arrogant and generally unfriendly unfortunately. Perhaps he was a better person than the one he presented himself as. I asked him to pay for transportation and his secretary apologetically responded that he would only pay for half! A stingy CEO that can’t pay 200yen despite purporting to want to improve the world? He couldn’t name any issues that he cared about or would change if he could despite the whole company being built around building capital to affect change. If I thought he had genuine interest in and ability to improve the world I may have accepted the lowball but I quit immediately. Those things and the low salary, 2500yen showed how much he valued my and your time. I’m sure there’s a teacher out there for him though. One who already has lots of time and money and just enjoys being in the orbit of kings and their little kingdoms.

If the so-called CEO went to a language school he would be paying about 7,000 yen for his lesson. Yet he can’t even pay 200 yen for a train ticket when the teacher comes to his office. 

This kind of behavior reflects badly on the company.

Review copied from Craigslist

4)Looking for a native Japanese speaker – to read Japanese URGENT (Japan)

Allegations :  Economic exploitation

Their Ad:

compensation: Y2,500 per recorded hour

contract job part-time
We are looking for a native Japanese speaker (born and grew up in Kanto region, Japan with Tokyo accent) to read Japanese transcripts. The Japanese language transcripts are for online learning course about how to use internet websites.

The transcripts will be sent in Word file by email and the Japanese native speaker will read clearly and record the voice, then send to us via email or upload the file and send us the link for download. The work can be recorded at home and can be in 6-12 months agreement.

Requirements:

– Native Japanese speaker with a clear and easy to hear Tokyo accent for elearning.
– The voice can be either male or female but needs to be mature and very clear (28 years old or older.)
– Some experience in voice-over recording is preferred.
– Have a computer with internet access and living in a quiet environment for audio recording.
– A blue yeti USB microphone and a pop filter (Y12,000) can be purchased on Amazon (and fully refundable after 1 month of work.) •OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Undesirable employers : Looking for a native Japanese speaker - To read Japanese URGENT

Undesirable employers : Looking for a native Japanese speaker – To read Japanese URGENT. Screen cap from Craigslist.

Hello Mr. TightAss,
You are offering well below the market rate. You say it is URGENT but are offering pitiful compensation – I hope nobody is desperate enough to apply to your cheap company.

And you have to buy a 12,000 yen mic. Lol

Please go way ass hole.

Thanks!

Review copied from Craigslist

5) Part time job for Jul 19-21 (Toyocho 東陽町)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

part-time
Felission Japan is looking for native English speaking teachers to work below hours for an intensive English seminar.
Free conversation in English (topics provided) -semi private lessons (Beginners to intermediate).
North American female preferred. Must be a native speaker, responsible and punctual.

Jul 19- 21st 10AM-5:30PM = 18,000yen

Even if you can’t work full three days, it’s okay. Please let us know when you can work together with your resume.

Above includes transportation cost.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Undesirable employers : Part time job for Jul 19-21 (Toyocho 東陽町)

Undesirable employers : Part time job for Jul 19-21 (Toyocho 東陽町). Screen cap from Craigslist.

Flag these idiots. I’m hoping it is a typo, but they are advertising 6,000 yen a day including travel expenses.

Review copied from Craigslist

6) 【Southeast Asian writer in English】tour guide website in Japan. (tokyo)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

【Southeast Asian writer in English】tour guide website in Japan. (Tokyo)
compensation: 1000JPY
part-time

We are looking for writer-and-models for an Akihabara tour guide website for Southeast Asia.
I want you to write some article about the sightseeing information in English on our website.
You’ll go to many kind of shops with me ,and write articles about the shops based on the clerk’s information.So you have to talk with the clerk in Japanese.
And I also want to take a picture of you in these shops.
The shooting will take place at restaurants and shops in Akihabara, Tokyo, when we interview these shops.
You don’t have to expose your name on this website,only your pictures and articles will be uploaded.
The date of interviews depend on our interveiwee. So, we will tell you the interview date when we decide these interview schedules.Then you can choose the date when you can work.

[Application Conditions]
Nationality: Southeast Asian (ex. Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia)
Language:both English and Japanese
Sex: Female and male
Age: About under 30

Location: Akihabara, Tokyo
Time: About an hour
Pay: 1000JPY/shop
Method of payment: bank transfer

If you are interested in this job, please send me your resume with pictures.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

It’s ridiculous.

I actually DID apply out of curiosity since I live in Akihabara. It gets much worse!

They have a silly, badly worded contract. They offer 500 yen maximum compensation for travel, but IN THE SAME LINE of the contract they specify a minimum of 5 photographs must be provided for each article. I asked if this meant that they withhold travel compensation if photos aren’t provided, and they didn’t answer that. Instead, they stated the actual requirement is 10 photographs. Okay…

The contract fails to specify payment method, though the Craigslist listing says Paypal or Japanese bank. In the case of the latter, do they do a bank transfer for EVERY article? Or hold your pay ransom until you do all 10 articles and provide 100 photos? Because domestic transfer fees between competing banks can be as high as 500 yen. Who bears that cost? It’s practically the cost of an article in itself!

The contract also doesn’t cover rewrites or what happens when an articles or photos don’t satisfy the employer.

It’s a foreign business appealing to foreign laborers in a country that’s nobody’s home, and Japan’s not litigious. The contract’s not specific, nor binding, nor enforceable. They shouldn’t be sending it out at all. It’s sure to scare off anyone who wasn’t already completely disgusted by the ridiculous job listing in the first place.

But let’s say I’m desperate and an idiot (reality: I am) and proceed anyway (reality: I didn’t).

Crunching the numbers for best-case payout:

A person living in Akihabara owns all the necessary equipment and has extensive knowledge of every shop so that s/he can write the articles back to back. That’s almost attractive… a little fibbing and you can theoretically pull down 1200 yen per article (700 yen + 500 yen for “travel fees” each), and be done in 5-10 hours. Then just trickle the articles to the employer over a few days or weeks.

But then!

There’s the pesky 10 photograph requirement.

Now you’re doing two jobs: photojournalism and article writing. That doubles your time investment, or halves your average hourly wage.

The resulting timestamps of the photos eliminate the ability to claim 500 yen in travel fees per article — if the photos are taken all in the same day, it’s clear you only took one trip. That’s another 40% of your income gone… now we’re at a quarter of your average hourly wage.

You of course know this. 1200/4 = 300 yen per hour’s work, for what may be 10-20 hours of specialized labor in TWO professions. You pegged it at 233 yen per hour.

Then there’s the fact that most Akihabara tourist traps don’t allow indoor photography, and have entry fees. Since you MUST require photos, you’re going into collectively thousands of yen of debt.

The real killer here is the photo requirement.

Fuck these opportunistic, exploiting shitbags.

Double fuck them for their even more appalling offer for photos on social media!

Wow, 2100 yen PER MONTH for dozens of hours of photography work!

Ugh.

Review copied from Craigslist

7) English native teachers for private lessons @ various locations (Tokyo,Yokohama,Chiba,Saitama)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

IHCWAY English school has many students and currently needs more native English teachers in Tokyo area.

All the students are interviewed in person to be a school member,so it’s a safe system for both teachers and students.

1 on 1 lessons at locations and times convenient for you(Cafe) .
Lesson timetable is negotiable,average 2-3 lessons /day. 1 lesson 2000yen plus drink and transportation.

Please see more info at our website for teachers : ihcway.net
There are many testimonials.

Please see more detail at our website ihcway.net ,and send a pre-application form.
We will reply the applicant by email(hotmail account) if we would like to arrange the interview with them.

Attention:
We only accept the pre-application form sent from our website : ihcway.net.
Please don’t send your resume directly to us.

Applicant must have a mobile phone that is available to make / receive a call in Japan starting with the number as 090 / 080 / 070 .

* Japanese speaking ability not required. Inexperienced persons welcome.

(Note : The part about the phone number is copied 2 months later (October 6, 20105) from Craiglist. According to the commenter, there was no such detail when he/she applied)

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Here’s my account of what happened.

It concerns IHCWay – They are effectively an agency matching students to teachers rather than an English School as such. Their website info looked OK but my small experience with them suggests they operate in a highly arbitrary and inefficient way.

I filled in their online application form on Friday, 24 July 2015. Straight away I got an email titled ‘Returned mail: see transcript for details’ which read ’The following addresses had permanent fatal errors….reason: 550 5.7.0 (BAY004-MC5F6) Unfortunately, messages from (219.94.162.66) on behalf of (yahoo.com) could not be delivered due to domain owner policy restrictions.’ This email also included all the content I had submitted in their online form. The message appeared to be rejecting an email I had sent them, but I hadn’t sent any email. It left me unclear as to whether they had received my online application submission or not, so I forwarded them an email with a message saying I had received the ‘bounce’ email and it appeared there was a fault with their system.
They didn’t answer my email directly (so no explanation of the bounce email was given) but on the following Monday I received this email:

Subject: RE: IHCWAY.NET teaching position

Thank you for the application.
Please read our website ihcway.net thoroughly,
especially the system and FAQ,and if you are interested in coming to have a job interview, call 09063021988 during 1 pm- 8 pm on Tuesday,July 28/ 1 pm- 8 pm on Wednesday,July 29 for set up the time for an interview.
Best regards,
IHCWAY
Sanbancho,Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

As requested by the email I rang them several times the following day. There was no answer. After several attempts to call them I figured that perhaps there was a fault with the phone number they had given me, so I Googled to find another number, and found an 03 local number on their website. I tired to call this number several times too, but also no answer. I tried again the next day, several times; always no answer. I was calling using FooCall, an app on my phone which allows calling nationally and internationally through the internet at low rates. I rang a friend to check this was working OK; they answered so I knew it was. I have a prepaid Japanese mobile but the rates mean I only use it when there is no alternative.
Presuming there was some problem at IHCWay’s end I sent the following email:

Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Subject: RE: IHCWAY.NET teaching position
Hi IHCWay,
I have tried to call you yesterday several times and today, but nobody is answering.
I have also just tried to call your office number – 03 3511 3121 – but also no answer. Please can you advise me how I can make contact?
Or please can you ring me on 080xxxxxxxx?
Regards,

Shortly afterwards I got the following reply.

Subject: RE: IHCWAY.NET teaching position
Hello,
We haven’t received any call from your number.
But we have received so many calls from the number we don’t expect at all since yesterday and even to the number for the students only.
If the person who are calling from the unidentified number is you , we are sorry but could you please stop?
Best regards,
IHCWAY
Sanbancho,Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

So far, polite enough, though rather bizarre. It appears they have caller display and are only answering their phones to known numbers, which for a business seems a very peculiar and restrictive practice. Calling using FooCall means my phone’s UK number probably appears as the caller ID. So I thought perhaps they are concerned they will have to pay some fee to answer an international call (though as they hadn’t explained why they weren’t answering I could only make guesses). I have used FooCall widely and there is no fee to receive calls routed through them. Furthermore, IHCWay’s website says that they will employ teachers based overseas to conduct internet based language teaching, so they must be open to receive international calls in some circumstances, surely? (Or pity the poor teachers overseas who can’t get an answer from IHCWay to their problem!).
I sent IHCWAy the following email.

Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Hello,
I have an 080 Softbank number but to use that phone is very expensive (90yen/minute). For that reason I usually use an app on my UK phone which allows me to make calls over the internet at a reasonable cost. It should not cost you anything to receive those calls. The number will probably appear to you as 44791xxxxxxx, but it is actually an app calling through the internet. Is that a problem for you?
If so please let me know why. I have been using this app very regularly in Japan without any problems so far.
Regards,

I got no response. The next day I tried to call them using my Japanese 080 number, hoping in this way to get past the restrictive call vetting they are operating. Again, no answer. Shortly afterwards I received the following email.

Sent: Thursday, 30 July 2015
Hello,
We have already read your message yesterday, and would like to cancel the offer for the job interview.
It seems we are not the right place for you.
Best regards,
IHCWAY
Sanbancho,Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

I was affronted by their attitude but wanting to remain reasonable, and to get to the bottom of what the problem is that they are perceiving, I sent them the following email, later the same day.

I am very sorry you have made this decision, as I feel I could offer a lot to your company and your students.
If your original email asking me to call you had stated I need to use my 080 phone I would have done so, but the message did not say so. All I have done is follow the instructions you gave me – to call you at the stated times. When I got no answer on the number you gave me I thought it might be faulty so I searched the internet for an alternative. Your 03-3511-3121 number is readily available on Google, and I did not see anything saying this number was for students only. I apologise if you don’t want teachers/applicants ringing this number, but how was I to know?
Regarding using my smartphone app to call you, do you think it unreasonable of me to call you using a method which is most cost-effective for me?
When I got no answer I emailed you to try to find out why not. That seems to me a reasonable thing to do. In my email I asked you to explain what the problem was, but you didn’t respond. I have today tried to call you using the 080 number, again you didn’t answer.
I am left wondering what you really want, and why you have not been able to explain it to me. I think that is not unreasonable, is it?
I have spent some time reading your company information and preparing for an interview and I feel very let down.
Regards,

I got no reply. Considering IHCWay’s unprofessional and arbitrary behaviour that is probably not surprising. I will stick to the facts as they happened and won’t go in to my personal feelings from this experience, but you can imagine the irritation and frustration IHCWay’s behaviour has caused me (and to express personal opinions may incur further hostility from IHCWay – see the note on eikaiwaschool.net below).
I have reproduced the email exchange I had in full, with only names and my phone number removed for privacy purposes, so they cannot deny the truth of what happened.
I am posting this information to save others also wasting time with this company. IHCWay have given the impression that if there is anything which deviates from their very narrowly defined required behaviour they will shut done and offer no explanation or resolution. I want to warn people (both potential teachers and students) of my experience so they can draw their own experiences.

Whilst I did not see other negative reporting on the internet of IHCWays’s company practices (in the limited research I did) I did find that they demanded eikaiwaschool.net withdraw comments on them with threats of legal action. I can only wonder what they have to hide?
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Dear Eikaiwaschool.net users:

Our site tries to evaluate schools and put only adequate information about the price of companies, reputation of schools, and service offerings on our site. This school (ihcway) has contacted us for some reason expressing their desire to remove any/all information about them on our site which makes us feel that they either do not want to make available 100% percent information available for students OR they rather nobody post any information about them on any site other than their own. Though we firmly believe the information was of an opinion and express only facts based on both teachers and student interviews/reviews, the school requested for it to be removed. For that reason and to adhere to their demands, we are sorry that we will not post their company information here.

We regret that the only information we can provide about this school will be from the commment section below. We welcome any comments and will share your opinions. This school can choose to demand us to remove their company information BUT they can not demand us to edit/censor user comments. We will contintue to respect open expression of opinions and freedom of users to open express their reviews. We will not edit/remove any student commments so long as we identify the comments are from valid IP addresses and real users.

Furthermore, we strive to always provide only factual information and allow schools to edit or revise their company information. We offered for this school to do so but they would rather delete everything rather than post anything. For that, we can only rely on your help to gather more information about this organization.

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8) Business English Teacher Needed ASAP!

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

OBC seeks an experienced business English teacher for the following:

**You need to have conversational Japanese language speaking skills to be considered**

13:05-14:35 / 15:30-17:00

June: 8, 29
July: 6, 20
Aug: 3, 24
Sept: 7, 21
Oct: 12, 26
Nov: 9, 22
Dec: 1, 14

Group lesson: 15-16 students per early & later afternoon class
14 lesson days total

3000 yen/hour + transportation

Send me your resume if you’re interested.
Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Undesirable employers : Business English Teacher Needed ASAP!

Undesirable employers : Business English Teacher Needed ASAP!

If you need a qualified person so urgently, then how about raising your compensation rate to at least market average??? 3000 yen is way below market for business English! Just do a search here for “business English” and you will see that everyone’s offer is better than yours Are you that out of tune with the market, or are you just a cheap penny pinching fucktard?

Teachers, let’s not respond to these unreasonable offers like this where they are trying to squeeze every yen out of you like a fucking eikaiwa. It just encourages the man to stick it to us more. You can work for a company with a good reputation for 3500, 4000, and even 5000 yen per hour. Those jobs are out there. Just do a thorough search.

Review copied from Craigslist

9) MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

The Japan Times Academy is currently looking for an English teacher with an MBA degree to conduct pre-MBA lessons for a corporate client in Tokyo. Applicants must already reside in Japan with proper working visa. Japanese speaking ability and teaching certificates are an advantage. We offer highly competitive rates and transportation reimbursement. Interested applicants should send their CV and contact detail information.
Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

(1)Applicants: Beware.
This is actually a company called IBEC and they are masquerading as a well-known brand here. Do your research on this company and be sure you know what you are getting into.

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

(2)The poster is right about this company called IBEC. It’s a yakusa owned and operated piece of shit organization that calls itself an “English Education Company”.I’ve been around the block with them.

Spare yourself the experience.

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

(3)We provided services to IBEC several times and they have not paid us AND they refused to pay multiple follow up requests. Actually, they claimed – multiple times – to be someone else in order to pay a lower price for our sevrices and we caught them. Be forewarned that they do not pay their bills.

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

Undesirable employers : MBA Instructors Needed (Tokyo)

(4)Be careful dealing with IBEC, there is truth to the rumour. Employees are treated badly, lied to and under appreciated

They are late to reply to communication and lie about contracts and conditions just to get teachers to commit. Satisfying their clients is more important than their teachers.

They are also known to use loopholes such as non-standard contracts to either not pay or cut hours without notice.

You would do well to avoid

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10) Female staffs wanted(Gotanda )

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

Undesirable employers : Female staffs wanted(Gotanda ) (Gotanda)

Undesirable employers : Female staffs wanted(Gotanda ) (Gotanda)

Sticker’s bar Gotanda is hiring! Female staff residing in Shinagawa ku is needed for a full time and part time position as bartender / floor staff. Any nationality are welcome!
Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Don’t apply for this position.
This is just another shady African operation just like ones in Roppongi.
Only desperate females like Filipinos(TO GIVE AN EXAMPLE) can do this kind of job.
Be aware and have sense of decency!!!!!

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11) 500 yen for 30 mins photoshoot (Tokyo)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

500 yen for 30 mins photoshoot (Tokyo)
compensation: 500yen
employment type: contract

I will pay you 500 yen for 30 mins of your time, to take some photos of you in a Tokyo street. Photos will be used for stock. Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks
Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

just a friendly warning,
this is not fair wage for a stock photoshoot, check out how much does photos for just 1 download cost on istock alamo etc

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12) Re:English Teacher Wanted ( Part Time) (1-27-10, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, T (HELL)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

(Ad deleted)
Ad removed from Craigslist
Review(s):

Whoever this jackass is or the organization that has posted this travesty needs to flamed out of existence.
950 yen per hour and “you pay transportation”.

WTF?

Friggin high school girls working at the 7-11 make more than that.

Screw these pirates trying to destroy the English teaching business.

It’s high time to start fighting back. Find out who these jokers are and hound them out of business.

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13) English Teacher wanted for Perky CC!! (Kamata)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

English Teacher wanted for Perky CC!! (Kamata)
compensation: 1000 yen (wage may be negotiable based on qualifications and experience)
employment type: part-time

We are seeking enthusiastic part-time teachers who are interested in teaching one-to-one/group English lessons to Japanese adults.
Both experienced and inexperienced people are welcome!
We will provide instructions to those who need.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

A 1000 yen an hour ?? Dream on you cheap prics . Flag any ad like this

Review copied from Craigslist

14) RE: Native English Teacher – Preschool (Tokyo, Fuchu-shi) (hell)

Allegations :  Undesirable employers

Their Ad:

(Ad deleted)

Ad removed from Craigslist
Review(s):

Undesirable employers : Native English Teacher - Preschool (Tokyo, Fuchu-shi) (hell)

Undesirable employers : Native English Teacher – Preschool (Tokyo, Fuchu-shi) (hell)

You want a Qualified teacher to work full time and will only pay them ¥250,000 a month. And only 10 months out of the year. That is only ¥208,000. Do you have any idea what a qualified teacher makes in the USA, the UK, or AU??Why would anyone work for a cheap fuck like you???Review copied from Craigslist

B. Companies with Terrible Work Conditions (Companies who are accused of one or more of the following : Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management, Misrepresentation)

1) Butler’s Cafe in Shibuya

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management

Their ad : 

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management: Butler's Cafe in Shibuya Ad

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management: Butler’s Cafe in Shibuya Ad. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Butler’s Cafe is not only bad on the workers. Bad reviews have been written about it by clients.

Review(s):

(1)Possibly one of the worst places to work in Tokyo, if you like working with foriegn tools with yellow fever and doing the most ridiculous tasks then this place is for you. I went back to teaching English it was that bad.Date: 2012-11-27, 11:40PM JST

(2)Get ready to your nightmare!!! unpolite boss lookin and screaming at you all the time, unreasonable concept, they will compare you to a guy in a mickey mouse fantasy!!!!! pays 800yen/hour MINUS 5% that they will never tell you before abt it(its a trap)! when u get ur payment BAM!!! MINUS 5%. No transportation also… which means almost abt 600en per hour depending on where you live =D They try to pay less hours as possible which means closing the cafe anytime it gets empty even if u arrived that 30 minutes before to start ur “shift” If you are desperate and ready to get humiliated go there!!! Only very few staff survives more than 1 month there and i wonder why????BTW im not the same guy of the previous post =] Date: 2012-11-27, 11:40PM JST

(3)This place has the highest turnover rate I have ever seen. They typically post twice a week, buyer beware. I heard the owner is a serious dick(from good sources). Date :2016-06-07 11:00am

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2) British Culture Academy (Kawaguchi)

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment

Their Ad:

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment : Part-time English teacher in Kawaguchi

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment : Part-time English teacher in Kawaguchi. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Related articles : Comparing Eikaiwa

Review(s):

DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY!! THERE ARE MANY DECENT PRIVATE ENGLISH SCHOOLS IN THE AREA! THIS SCHOOL WILL TAKE YOU VISA, NO VISA, NON-NATIVE, SPEECH IMPEDIMENT…EXCEPT IF YOU ARE BLACK. THE BOSS IS RACIST AND SELFISH. ALSO THEY WILL THREATEN TO SUE YOU IF YOU QUIT, AND WITHHOLD PAY FOR WHATEVER REASON. STAY AWAY!

Review copied from Craigslist

3) Heart Corporation / Heart English School

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Bad management 

Their Ad:

Economic exploitation, Bad management : Heart Corporation / Heart English School

Economic exploitation, Bad management : Heart Corporation / Heart English School. Screen cap from Craigslist.

Related articles : Comparing Eikaiwa

Review(s):

Economic exploitation, Bad management : Heart Corporation / Heart English School

Economic exploitation, Bad management : Heart Corporation / Heart English School. Screen cap from Glassdoor.

Don't expect your payment to increase, but to decrease. This will probably happen if they move you to another city, with that old excuse " that city pays less..."
If you get sick, they will call you EVERYDAY, even if you have a doctor's note, even if you are in a very bad health condition. Expect them to make pressure to go back to work ASAP, threatening to get you fired.
Staff don't really know what is going on. You you receive hundreds of emails during each month asking repeatedly to sign things, to send documents. They seem to not keep track of things, random people will email you asking for things.
As they fear you to do what I'm doing: "Telling other people how bad they are"
Fart corp will send you many pledges asking you to NEVER tell anyone about this company "or else...".
I never signed them, simply replied saying; I have contract signed already, I see no need of giving other signs...
Dude, I can't barely write, so nervous I feel.

And payment, from next year (2014) you will be paid per day, certainly it won’t be more than 1050 p/day. BOE’s will continue paying them same amount. BUT YOU, will work to Fart corp for LESS money. They will make money from your hard work.

There are so many things I could write here.
My advice is: Try hard finding a DIRECT CONTRACT with your local BOE.
Avoid companies that offer you a payment bellow 230000 JPY, because bellow that means these DCs are ripping out your pocket.
Get a factory job: Pay more, can work paid extra hours and you will probably learn Japanese.
I make 380000JPY working 10h/day, 5 days/week.

If you have no option, leave Japan. It doesn’t worth build your life depending of ALT money.
It’s a dead career.

Review copied from Glassdoor

4) Coco Juku School

Allegations : Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management

Their Ad:

Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Coco Juku School

Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Coco Juku School. Screen cap from their website. 

Related articles : Comparing Eikaiwa

Review(s):

(1) Poor treatment of non-Japanese staff. Examples: The contract continues to change and not for the better. No bereavement leave for foreign staff. Foreign staff expect to be non-renewed or terminated before reaching five years of employment so they don’t become members of the parent company. Japanese staff members are known to openly harass foreign staff as they are approaching contract renewal. Pay is listed as salary but it is actually a daily rate. Unpaid overtime is a regular occurrence.

Company wide issues: constant change in their business plan. New plans are implemented without being thought out or materials supplied to teach the new classes. Dress code is equivalent to funeral wear and wearing a suit jacket when teaching children is poor pedagogy.

In all honesty, this has to be one of the worst working experiences in my time in Japan. The initial interview was very promising, new company; prospects of promotion, salary increases, payment of bonuses. In all actuality, there are no opportunities for promotion, salary increases have been put on the backburner, bonuses are a measley sum in comparison with the amount that the customer has to fork over and for renewal bonuses, while they eventually paid, they were 3 months late and minus a fee for re-newal counselling that had previously been promised and indeed included in the Working Rules and Regulations.
Any issues that arose which required talking to someone in head office were an non-starter. Phone calls, emails, faxes from the instructors to head office were all ignored. Now they have a foreigner who attempts to deal with any issues that still arise, but again these can take up to a month to resolve.

(2)*Attention* fellow teachers interested in working for Nichii Gakkan? Are you? Think again.

I am currently working for them, and not for much longer. I assumed this would be a better company to work for, because it is an establish medical company providing services since 1960′s; and they were the ones to buy Gaba. Well they started their own chain of schools called CoCo Juku. They plan to open 100 schools within this year, and try to be the new Nova in Japan. Sounds good, able to work for a Japanese company some stability, with benifits sounded very attractive. So I applied for the job a couple of months back, and started working in March. To find out they are no different, if anything worse than other Eikawa’s. They say your salary will be in the range of 265,000-295,000 with benefits. What they don’t tell you is; that you have to pay into the pension system*No exceptions.*You have to pay into the labor union, in which you can not depend on until three months, but they will deduct the union fee starting from your first week.*You have to pay into the company’s fund- Note which is for Full time company employees only, teachers are not full time employees, but contract workers.*You must pay into the nursing care system, funds for special holding companies, employment insurance premium, and of course the federal tax. This all comes to 23% total deduction from your base salary. 265,000 sounds reasonable until you receive your first paycheck, and you bring home 195,000. Have a family, or looking to save some money very hard to do with this kind of pay. The company is deducting all these fees from a contract worker in which they can not receive the full benefits, because only full time company employees can. Not to mention the characters they have hired so far. The staff are unorganized at the main office. The schools/branch staff are not even qualified to handle customers/students, and work with foreigners.

The teachers that are working there are 70% idiots, and have the slightest clue on how to teach English, and the 30% that are capable to teach are leaving already including myself. Do not expect the weekends off, do not expect to have national holidays off in which the Japanese staff have, not the teachers. It is clearly an old typical Japanese company atmosphere in where the Japanese are superior, and their word is law. Foreigners are regarded as a product they sell nothing more, nothing less. So if you are interested in working with this company, I hope this gives you some insight, and shed some light on things that are not known about this company. One last thing the thing that pushed me over the ledge was we were forced to sign our contracts to just have some the agreements previously agreed to change at the last minute. They will not pay your transportation fee until the 2nd pay period. They will not let you have a copy of the rules, and regulation book, because they will be revising it, and believe me they have changed over 30 times in a month. Well take it from me if you are a professional teacher looking to work for a decent company with the right pay, then look else where. Do not waste your time because believe me the paper work process all the forms that you have to fill out, is very time consuming, and frustrating just to find out most of the forms you fill out is you agreeing to have the company deduct money that is not benefiting you at all. You have been warned. Any other questions feel free to ask. I may have been ranting on, but I’m just so pissed off. I had my hopes up high, and was proud to work for a Japanese company, just to have my hopes shot down, by the company’s choice to deal with foreigners.
Location: Tokyo
Compensation: they will lie to you

Reviews copied from Glassdoor

5) Part Time Cleaning Job (Tokyo)

Allegations : Economic exploitation 

(No ad available)

 Review(s):

Economic exploitation : Part Time Cleaning Job (Tokyo)

Economic exploitation : Part Time Cleaning Job (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

6) Moshier TLC (Nishi Nippori)

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management

Their ad(s) :

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori)

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishinpori)
compensation: Neg
part-time

Needed a teacher who can perform duties as an art teacher and teachers aid. Great fun great place to work.
Please send resume and photo

Ad copied from Craigslist

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori)

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

 compensation: Contract

contract job internship part-time

Start time: A.S.A..P.
We have 1 growing and incredibly energetic classes waiting for you! Your group of students would consist of roughly 5, 3-4 14 25 -50 year olds who are eager to learn English through activities and games, song time as well as daily worksheets and crafts. We follow a weekly curriculum, but the types of things you do within that curriculum to ensure your students have fun and make steady progress week after week is up to you.
As leader of this group, you would be responsible for preparing your materials which
-1 craft each week
*these materials must coincide with our weekly lesson theme –
We are a competitive school. The other teachers in this class are true teachers, working hard to achieve success in their students’ English development, preparing and planning ahead with new and fresh ideas to keep their students not only interested but engaged.
If you think this is a team you can be part of, please contact us today!
Please attach your resume and photo.
Thank you for your time.

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori)

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Be careful, that guy doesn’t pay you and keep pretending that you are on training and doesn’t pay you…He comes to his store always drunk, how could he be serious?!? He is not professional at all…The all thing is such a masquerade…
He his a perv and keeps saying crap…No joke…He accused some dude of pedophilia, and one another to be a terrorist!!! Sincerely this is very offensive…
Don’t trust him…He is a manipulator, he is a manipulator…
Once he clearly told me that he wasn’t gonna pay some teacher while he was drunk…He even asked me once to beat some other teacher for no reason…This guy is a dangerous…
So far some German and some dudes from Europe has been complaining about him…
The best thing to do is to call to contact the police, and go to HelloWork to denounce him…

The school name is MOSHIER TLC…www.mtlc.biz

Review copied from Craigslist

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori)

Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management : Art And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishi Nippori). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of Salary, Harassment: And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishinpori)

Non-payment of Salary, Harassment: And Craft teacher/teacher aid (Nishinpori). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

!!! WARNING !!!
Be careful that
Michael [last name withheld] guy is a manipulator.
He will pretend that you need a period of trial (undefined), then he is gonna pretend that you don’t fit the job so he won’t pay you…
He even tells sometimes that the parent are complaining about you while you never met them or seen them assisting a lesson.
Thus, that Michael Moshier guy won’t give you a chance to meet them…Of course not cause everything he tells is just lies and discouragement…
He even uses some nasty racist excuse such as “the parent don’t like you cause you’re not blonde” or you are too black or you look too Asian…
That aside since when a training is not a paid assignment?!?
He is gonna try to intimidate you…Telling you that you’re a volunteer while this isn’t what was discussed, he may also say some other lies to try to discourage you getting your due like “I’m gonna call the Police” (As you don’t have any contract)… Time is money…Nobody works for free…He is just gonna use you…
The sequence is he following: He uses one then “fake fire him/her” for nonsense and then hires a new one then fires him/her on and on and on…That’s how he makes his money…Think about it why does he keep posting over and over, why does he need new teachers each week? his shop is so small, so why does he need so many teachers so many times?
I know many guys that has been through that injustice with him…He is gonna make you wast your time, money and energy…
That aside he is a pervert and says nasty things about women on duty… Really???…
He is always drunk even when he gives a lesson and when I say drunk I mean drunk as hell…
He will tell you that he gets drunk before work on purpose cause he hates his live…
That aside, if the parent don’t like you then get you’re money and try to talk to the parents and ask them what they don’t like about you cause as a teacher you have to talk to them to solve the problem right, he will never let you talk to them…
Unless he makes you sign a CONTRACT with SIGNATURE, a STAMP and a DATE.
Mentioned that you do not work for FREE right away, and discuss you wage like a professional is supposed to.
If this guy asks you whether you’ re “OK” being paid CASH…Don’t say yes…
He is gonna tell you that he will pay you each 27th of the month…Think about it…What is the point of being payed cash monthly???
At least if you are getting payed daily so you get your due every single day you work…

Ask a contract… Ask how much he is gonna pay you per hour, how long and how much for the trial which as to be a defined period???
All professional goes through that process…
He is gonna try to avoid those questions and he will tell you that his wife will tell you LATER… A professional institution should be able to provide you a contract the day of the interview…

What kind of school, and I’d like to precise that this is supposed to be a school for KIDS, so what kind of school would hired some random people without checking their records…
Sincerely, leaving kids with random people on a such a weak basis is just scary no contract nothing…Really…If I would be the parents I would call the police.
And trust me the parents don’t know that fact for sure.

Let’s go all together complain about him, alone we’re weak but together we’re stronge..

If you see this email website or number be sure that this is him:

He changed his email >>> [email withheld] (a) gmail.com
Previously >>> [email withheld] (a) i.softbank.jp
http://mtlc.biz/
O8O 4639 [number withheld]

So If you’d like to complain about it contact the:

TOKYO LABOUR BUREAU,
LABOUR STANDARTS DEPARTMENT,
INSPECTION DIVISION.
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY
10:00 AM 4:00PM.
GENERAL WORKING CONDITIONS
RELATED TO WAGES, DISMISSAL, RETIERMENT DAY OFF, WORKING HOURS AND OTHER…
03 3512 16 12 (APPOINTEMENT)

Review copied from Craigslist

I’ve read your Job seekers blog. It’s all true that those companies are not good. I think that “Kimmy” is Kiyomi “Kimmy” [last name withheld] which owns Moshiers TLC ( English eikawa who don’t pay their European employees! ) which uses my photo without my consent! And her husband is the grossest weirdest guy in the planet!! Sue them go!!

Review from Facebook 

7) Guesthouse Manager  (Are You Mr/Ms Guesthouse? Are you Mr/Ms Ambitious? ) / Are you Mister Guesthouse (Shinjuku/Nakano/Ikebukero)

Allegations : Economic exploitation

Their Ad:

Economic exploitation : Mr Ambitious : Guesthouse Manager

Economic exploitation : Mr Ambitious : Guesthouse Manager. Screen cap from the internet. 

Scam : Mr Ambitious : Guesthouse Manager

Review(s):

The owner of this company a Belgian guy called Filip will make you clean the toilets of his dirty guest houses as a test and will dispose you after. He been doing that to ”HIRE” a new person but he just wants you to clean his property for free.

Review copied from Craigslist

8)PAUKE German Restaurant ( http://www.rpauke.webs.com)

Allegations : Economic exploitation 

Their Ad:

Economic exploitation :  PAUKE

Economic exploitation : PAUKE” German Restaurant. Screen cap from Craigslist.

Review(s):

Notes from web admin : For some reasons, the bad review on Craigslist about working for this restaurant written by a German guy has been deleted. He claimed that the owner was unreasonable, had a very bad attitude towards his staff and refused to pay him until he threatened to sue him.

9) Paddys Junction (Shinjuku 3chome)

Allegations : Economic exploitation 

(No ad available)

Review(s):

The boss of this pub is called Kotaro and he will
make you clean his dirty pubs toilet and behaves really childish.

Whenever you tell him he’s wrong he wont accept it, he shouts at you and acts almighty because
he has oh-so-much overseas experience when he’s really just a typical Japanese coward.

I quit and now he doesn’t want to give me my money (!!)

He wrote me a childish email, telling me because I wasn’t officially employed I don’t deserve any money and that he doesn’t ever want to see me again like he’s a 15 year old.

Beware of this guy he’s a real dick.

Review copied from Craigslist

10) Grape Culture Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki)

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation

Their Ad:

Mondays and Thursdays 9:30-11:50a.m
JR Nambu line. Shitte station
Must have experience teaching young children
Be able to speak some Japanese is preferred.
Able to work the whole year.
Can start by next week.
Please contact:
Robert -090-4925-3915
Kawakami-080-4400-9012

Ad copied from Craigslist

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : Grape Cultura Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki)

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : Grape Cultura Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : Grape Cultura Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki)

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : Grape Cultura Association / Grape English (Shitte,Kawasaki). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

***UPDATE***
Thank you to everyone who emailed me with regards to my first posting. I didn’t expect anyone to actually respond to this, much less receive such positive remarks. I would like to apologize to those of you who sent me an email that I didn’t reply to. My original post was removed and because of that I was not able to send responses to anyone through the craigslist system. As I can’t email anyone back with the old link and certainly don’t expect anyone to resend their emails (unless you want to, of course. I’ll be happy to answer any questions anyone has about this), I’ll just answer the one most common question I got from everyone. Who are these people?

The company goes by the name of Grape Culture Association (sometimes they just call themselves Grape English). Here’s their website (http://www.grape-english.com/). I recommend you stay far away from these guys. They talk a good game, but in the end they have no idea how to run a business and are either ignorant of or are simply ignoring Japanese Labor Laws (be careful if you confront the head guy about this. He throws quite the tantrum). If you do decide to work with them I wish you the best of luck and hope you don’t have to put up with what I did. Just be aware of the kind of people you will be dealing with.

***ORIGINAL***
As a former employer of these people I feel that I should let those who are thinking about this know a bit about what you are getting yourself into. They will say a lot of nice things and seem to have some great ideas, but the truth of the matter is a bit different.

1. They will NOT pay for your transportation (I guess if you live in the area this isn’t a big deal).
2. They will make promises about providing materials and a curriculum which they will not make good on (maybe this has changed, but I doubt it).
3. Their contract contains a clause about being penalized 50,000 yen for early termination of contract (which is a violation of the Japanese Labor Standards Act).
4. If you terminate early they will withhold all of your outstanding wages (also a violation).
5. With regards to the contract, IF they do get around to sending you one, there is not even a place for a company representative’s signature, nor is there an official company hanko or seal (in every other position I have taken, having both of these from the employer has been standard practice. Once again may not be an issue to you).
6. They do not take taxes out of your wages, nor do they supply you with any pay slips so that you can properly claim your wages for tax purposes (could cause issues down the line in dealing with your ward office or immigration).

Now perhaps they will respond to this trying to discredit me because I terminated my contract early. Indeed I did for the above reasons as well as a few others. These are quite shady practices and I wanted no part in it. Now this is just my opinion based on my experiences with them and anyone else is free to work with them if they so please. I just wanted to shed some light on this for anyone thinking about this position so they can make an informed decision.

Review copied from Craigslist

11) Ishii English school

Allegations :  Economic exploitation, Bad management, Misrepresentation

Their ad:

We run a small and friendly school in Fukuyama, Hiroshima JAPAN.
About class:
Students: 4-13 years, teenagers, a few classes for adults.
28 classes at maximum per week.
50 min. per lesson.
3-8 students in a class.
Working time: 1:00-8:30pm or 10:00- 5:30pm.
Holidays: Sunday and Monday, National holidays, 2 weeks paid Christmas holidays, 4 summer holidays.(All are paid holidays)
Contract: One year
Salary: 230,000yen to 270,000 yen per month, depending on the certificate and teaching experience.
Bonus: 80000yen for the completion of the one year contract
Air fare: 60000yen will be paid for a part of air fare.
Accommodation: Furnished flat. No key money. 2 living rooms, dining-kitchen, bathroom and toilet. A computer with ADSL line. 45,000 yen per month. No share with anyone.
Visa sponsorship is available.
We need a friendly and talkative teacher. We will support the Procedures to live in Japan.
We will have lesson training before starting job.
To apply, pleas send CV, photo and a copy of diploma by e-mail to sunflowers_jp2000@ybb.ne.jp
Thank you. Seiko Ishii
We constantly seek the English Teacher.

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s): 

Economic exploitation, Bad management, Misrepresentation : Ishii English school

Economic exploitation, Bad management, Misrepresentation : Ishii English school. Screen cap from Reddit. 

I’d like to mention that out of that the rent for the apartment was 45,000 PLUS the hidden fee of 3,000 per month just for them to keep in case I finished my contract and left without paying some bills. This was never explained to me, I had to ask them about it. The salary in the ad mentions 230,000-250,000 and no, the monthly salary is actually 220,000 for the first 3 months (“training period”-although there is no actual training given) and then goes up to 240,000.

They told me foreigners don’t need to sign up for pension and health care, (thank God I didn’t listen to them on this one), they deducted 20,000 yen a month from my 220,000 salary and told me it was for “taxes”, they told me I could not move out of the bedbug infested apartment that they owned, they told me to have all my personal mail sent to the school for convenience (nope, they wanted to go through it first, and throw away all the bills for health insurance for some crazy reason!), and finally, when I quit, they told me I could leave in 3 months.

Uhhhh, no? I said, that is not in my contract. I am leaving at the end of next month (giving 1 and a half months of notice).

They said: oh, it is in your contract! It’s just in the part that we never gave you/showed to you, because we thought you were a good person.

Seriously.

Oh, it feels good to get this all out finally! Actually, I don’t mind naming and shaming, because they most certainly deserve it. I’m not even going into all the other psychotic shit they did, or the shitty way they ran the school.

ISHII ENGLISH SCHOOL (ALTERNATIVELY CALLED “SHOUT TO THE TOP” ENGLISH SCHOOL) FUKUYAMA, HIROSHIMA

Review copied from Reddit

12) International Shot Bar Boo

Allegations :   Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation

Their ad(s):

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo. Screen cap from Craigslist.

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s): 

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : nternational Bar Boo

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : nternational Bar Boo

Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation : International Bar Boo. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

13)Bars in Ginza  and Roppongi

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Misrepresentation

Their Ad(s): 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Girlz wanted (Ginza)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Girlz wanted (Ginza). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : weekly payment

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : weekly payment. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : BARMAID, HOSTESS, WAITRESS, EVENING , FLEXIBLE , HIGH PAY (GINZA)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : BARMAID, HOSTESS, WAITRESS, EVENING , FLEXIBLE , HIGH PAY (GINZA). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Female needed (Ginza&Roppongi)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Female needed (Ginza&Roppongi). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Female bartender (Ginza)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Female bartender (Ginza). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : daily installment (Ginza)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : daily installment (Ginza). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Girlz Bar (Ginza)

Non-payment of salary, misrepresentation : Girlz Bar (Ginza). Screen cap from Craigslist.

WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!
Adds listed as”Girlz bar (ginza)” “entertainment bar (ginza)” are CHEATERS!!!!
You do not make 2000/h and the Manager will cheat you!!!!! They will not give you your money!!!!!

Non-payment of salary: International shot bar (Ginza)

Non-payment of salary: International shot bar (Ginza). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Аttention! Be careful! In this place you will be deceived

Not pay salary!!!

Review copied from Craigslist 

15)Looking for Part-Time and Full-Time teachers (Higashi-Matsuyama)

Allegations : Unclear

Their Ad:

We’re looking for part-time and full-time teachers for both adults and kids for a small school in Higashi-Matsuyama, about 25 minutes from Kawagoe. Textbooks and materials (flash cards, etc) are provided. Our school is located next to Higashi-Matsuyama station.

Pay is 2500 per class, with adult lessons typically being 55 minutes, and kids lessons typically being 45 minutes. Round-trip transportation is also covered. For full-time teachers, visa sponsorship is available, though you must currently have a visa to apply.

The atmosphere is casual, as is the dress code (though no jeans, please). Per diem work is also available. We hope to hear from you soon!

Ad copied from Craigslist

Unknown allegation : Looking for part time and full time teachers (HigashiMatsuyama)

Unclear allegation : Looking for part time and full time teachers (HigashiMatsuyama). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

We’re looking for part-time and full-time teachers for both adults and kids for a small school in Higashi-Matsuyama, about 25 minutes from Kawagoe. Textbooks and materials (flash cards, etc) are provided. Our school is located next to Higashi-Matsuyama station.

Pay is 2500 per class, with adult lessons typically being 55 minutes, and kids lessons typically being 45 minutes. Round-trip transportation is also covered. For full-time teachers, visa sponsorship is available, though you must currently have a visa to apply.

The atmosphere is casual, as is the dress code (though no jeans, please). Per diem work is also available. We hope to hear from you soon!
Review(s):

Unknown allegation : : Looking for part time and full time teachers (HigashiMatsuyama)

Unclear allegation : : Looking for part time and full time teachers (HigashiMatsuyama). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

……………WARNING……………………

Professional teachers need NOT apply.

Unqualified sycophants are more than welcome.

BECAREFUL OF THIS COMPANY

I WAS NOT to my deep regret.

Review copied from Craigslist 

16) Magical Pop Kids in Chiba

Allegations : Economic exploitation, Discrimination and Harassment, Bad management

Their Ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba

Perpetually looking for new employees : MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba. Seeking part-time teacher
compensation: compensation: Weekday afternoons JPY2000-2500/hour, weekend JPY14,000-16,000/day (depending on experience), transportation paid.
part-time

MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba. Seeking part-time teacher, teaching kids aged 0-12. MUST have kids’ teaching experience and native English. Weekday afternoons JPY2000-2500/hour, weekend JPY14,000-16,000/day (depending on experience), transportation paid. Please e-mail resume with photo.

Magical Pop Kids School, Inage, Chiba. Seeking full-time teacher, aged 0-12. Must have teaching experience, reside in Japan and native English. Flexible contract/schedule + customized to each teacher. JPY240,000 – 280,000 / month (depending on experience), transportation paid. Please e-mail resume with photo to hr[at]magicalpop.co.jp

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

They advertise 2000 yen and 2500 yen for experienced teachers. I went in with 10 years experience and was paid 2000 yen. Headquarters is very tight and difficult to deal with. You are expected to do 2 50min classes, have a break and work 5x50min classes back to back. In between lessons you explain to the parents what you did. You have a translator but if you speak Japanese, they force you to do it yourself. You’ll be pressured to do the weekend work, Sunday’s too. After quitting I wasn’t paid. They said it was damages but the following pay check went unpaid also. The money isn’t taxed so you will earn under 2000 yen per hour, no matter how much experience you have. You don’t recieve pay slips which is shady. When I communicated with head office, I spoke to the same guy every time but he changed his name every time we spoke. Very shady!

Review copied from Craigslist 

C. Establishments  that are perpetually looking for new employees

1) Tokyo American Club (posts once every 2-3 months)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : Tokyo American Club

Perpetually looking for new employees : Tokyo American Club. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

(Note: They also sometimes post ads for restaurant work)

2) Okinawa Restaurant / Bars (posts every couple of months)

Perpetually looking for new employees :  Okinawa Bar / Restaurants

Perpetually looking for new employees : Okinawa Bar / Restaurants. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

3) May Flower Guest House (appears in all the issues of TNB since I started reading it in 2010)

May Flower House is now seeking guest house staff. Male applicants only. Please call 03-3560-7405 for more details.

 Perpetually looking for new employees : May flower guest house

Perpetually looking for new employees : May flower guest house. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

4) Bar Asappara in Ginza (they’ve been looking for a a new person to join them since 2011)

Looking for female staff.

•All nationalities welcome
•weekly payment.
•experience not necessary.
•part time ok (pm18:00~am6:00)
•Preferably from 18 to 40years old with japanese communication skills.
•Hiring all positions in the kitchen and hall and bar and manager.

Best candidates would be easy-going and cheerful girls in their twenties with ability to speak Japanese.

For details and interview please call 090-4727-9786 or please send e-mail.
waiting for your replay.

Perpetually looking for new employees :  Bar Asappara ショットバー アスパラ

Perpetually looking for new employees : Bar Asappara ショットバー アスパラ. Screen cap from http://www.job-board.info/

 

5) part time bilingual admin assistant and translator (Nogizaka and nakamguro)

Their ad:
Very low pay. Below the industry standards.

Screen cap from Craigslist.

Review(s):

These assholes advertise everyday because they can’t find a translator willing to work under slave conditions.

Oi! Stop posting this shit.

6) Phlippino person (Japanese speaker) (posts once every 2-3 months)

compensation: 1800yen/hour plus transportation

part-time

This is a job of one-on-one Japanese lessons to a Philippino student at his elementary school or junior high school in Tokyo.
(The school is near Shinagawa in Tokyo.)
English skill is not necessary. (The student does not speak English.)
*Must have Japanese language proficiency (intermediate level or higher)
*Must have Tagalog language proficiency.
*Total teaching hours are 30 to 60 hours.
*2 hours a day and 2 times a week in the morning from Monday to Friday
*Must hold a valid working visaWe may be able to offer you other teaching jobs at different schools in Tokyo.Please email your resume. Please note that only candidates possible to consider for a position can be contacted. 
Ad copied from Craigslist

7) Bookkeeping assistant (Tokyo)

Their ad:
part-time
I hurt my back recently and cannot use computer so looking for an assistant to enter personal accounting data into QB online program to catch up with 2 months. Work location is in Suginami office and can be any time of day 9-9, maybe Saturday, part time until completed and then as needed. This could be nice supplemental job or PT position
Reply with resume and explain situation and compensation desired

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

This guy is a repeat advertiser. Moreover he has been accused of nor replying to applicants. Please bear this in mind if you apply for this position.

8) Filipina/Latina/Intl Hostesses Wanted in Kawasaki (Kawasaki)

Their ad:

Filipina/Latina/Intl Hostesses Wanted in Kawasaki (Kawasaki)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Filipina/Latina/Intl Hostesses Wanted in Kawasaki (Kawasaki). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

9) Tex-Mex BBQ Chef, line and prep cooks needed (Akasaka)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees :Tex-Mex BBQ Chef, line and prep cooks needed (Akasaka)

Perpetually looking for new employees :Tex-Mex BBQ Chef, line and prep cooks needed (Akasaka). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Tex-Mex BBQ restaurant and catering in Akasaka just 2 mins from Akasaka Mitsuke Station.

Enjoy working in a fun, fast-paced environment?
If so, we would like to hear from you!

We are now seeking applicants for each of the following positions:

Line Cook
staff meal and partial transportation included
Restaurant experience needed
Conversational English and Japanese both preferred (Spanish nice too if you can!)
Proper working/student/ or other eligible visa required.
MUST currently live in Tokyo.

Ad copied from Craigslist

 

10) ALTs for Tokyo Metropolitan Board (5,500yen/hour)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : ALTs for Tokyo Metropolitan Board (5,500yen/hour) (Tokyo)

Perpetually looking for new employees : ALTs for Tokyo Metropolitan Board (5,500yen/hour) (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

ALTs for Tokyo Metropolitan Board (5,500yen/hour) (Tokyo)
compensation: 5,500 yen/ hour(Travelling allowance will be provided)
contract job part-time

■Location: Tokyo

■Work Type: Part-time
(Average 20 hours per month — 1 or 2 days a week or 2 or 3 days every other week)

■Contract Period: Until 31st March 2015(Expected to be renewed)
*Terms and conditions apply*

■Salary: 5,500 yen/ hour(Travelling allowance will be provided)

■Working Hours:All day shift – 8:30- 15:20 / Evening shift – 17:30 — 21:10

■Job Description:
• Support English class for Tokyo public School as an assistant teacher.
• Demonstrate correct pronunciations using reading materials.
• Correct students’ pronunciations.
• Describe and explain cultural background on the teaching materials.
• Support students’ group conversation activities.
• Review students’ writings (from modern English point of view).
• Give assistance of any other kind during the lecture, if necessary.
• Create listening tests.

■Requirements:
• English: Native Level
• Bachelor’s degree or above
• Valid work visa in Japan (Student Visa is NOT acceptable.)

■PLEASE APPLY BY **** 25th JULY ****
Please send us your resume to show contact info
The E-mail title should be ALT Your Name.
Please indicate your visa type and expiration date in your email.

Ad copied from Craigslist

11) Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar& BARMAID

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour BEST MODEL Girls Bar&Hostess Club in TOKYO
☆We are looking for Female Staff &Female bartenders&Waitress
☆HIGH PAY&Great PAY
☆Monday–Saturday
☆Flexible working days
☆All nationalities welcome (Cheerful very Genki karaoke girl are welcome too)
☆20:00–24:00(sometimes until 25:00)
☆Looking for female English speakers who can teach casual English conversation …
☆experience not necessary
☆Enjoy conversation ,Karaoke and drinks with our customer.
☆Part time and full time available
☆Easy job in nice atmosphere
☆Caucasian & Japanese speaker welcome.
☆our customers are high status customers&VIP membership
☆ TAXI service to home
☆☆☆Please send a resume with your photo & phone number.. ☆☆☆

☆Please Contact us for more information and interview
☆Interview everyday 19:30–23:30
☆E-mail us please (24hours welcome Feel free to contact)

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser. If they really pay JPY 4000/hour, then why are they always looking for new employees?

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist.

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Super Exclusive CLUB ☆2500yen/hour-4000yen/hour Girls Bar&Hostess Club (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

12) Kitchen ・COOK

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

Perpetually looking for new employees : LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN IS HIRING FOR MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

International Belgian chain of high-end restaurant and bakery, Le Pain Quotidien is expanding in Tokyo.
Other locations in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Dubai, Sydney, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires. . .

If you have a passion for simple and delicious food and a great energy, we have a job for you ! Our team is ready to welcome you.

http://www.lepainquotidien.com or http://www.lepainquotidien.jp

POSITION: KITCHEN PREP

Experience:6 months minimum line cook or prep — culinary degree is a plus

Language: Japanese fluent, hiragana katakana, basic kanji — English is a plus.

Job description:
• Assists with keeping kitchen clean at all times i.e. work area, kitchen walls, bench fridges and kitchen equipment in accordance with the local health department.
• Assists Kitchen Supervisor and/or Assistant Kitchen Supervisor in maintaining proper food and supply par levels to ensure the proper levels of preparation are made.
• Must ensure that all knives, tongs, spatulas and food utensils are clean, sanitized and ready for use.
• Must assist with making sure all food items are in clean containers and that all ingredients are accounted for to start the day.
• Must put all food items in clean containers covered with plastic wrap and dates before placing in fridge for the night.
• Must follow direction of Kitchen Supervisor and/or Assistant Supervisor and accomplish food preparation required for the next day.
• Make list of any ingredients that are needed for the next day.
• Assist Kitchen Supervisor and/or Assistant Kitchen Supervisor with adequate food inventory for sales volume.
• Portions and garnishes cooked foods, such as meat and vegetables, into individual serving dishes.
• Must be able to minimize waste without compromising quality under the direction of the Kitchen Supervisor and/or Assistant Supervisor.

Other
• Flexible work schedule including occasional weekend and/or evening work.

HOW TO REPLY TO OUR JOB OFFER:
SEND AN EMAIL show contact info INCLUDING A BREIF PRESENTATION OF YOURSELF
A COPY OF YOUR RESUME INCLUDING PICTURE, BE SURE THAT YOUR CONTACTS ARE UPDATED, SO THAT WE CAN CONTACT YOU BACK.
PRECISE YOUR WORKING HOURS AVAILABILITY (MORNING ONLY, WEEKEND ONLY ETC…)

NON-JAPANESE ARE WELCOME, IF MEETS THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
HOLDING A PROPER JAPANESE WORK VISA (you will be asked your zairyu card at the interview)
CURRENTLY LIVING IN TOKYO AREA
CONVERSATIONAL LEVEL OF JAPANESE
READ HIRAGANA, KATAKANA AND SOME KANJI

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser

Perpetually looking for new employees : LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

Perpetually looking for new employees : LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

 

13) Magical Pop Kids

Their ad:

 

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser.

Perpetually looking for new employees : MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba

Perpetually looking for new employees : MAGICAL POP KIDS SCHOOL in Inage, Chiba. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

13) HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima)

Perpetually looking for new employees : HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi O (NishiOjima)
compensation: 1,000 yen + / hour plus meal plus travel allowance
part-time

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible new staff members willing to participate in day to day operations to ensure courteous and efficient customer service.

■Schedule and Time
There are 2 shifts that we are offering now. You can choose either one or all as per your convenience.
Morning shift: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
(45 minutes lunch break is included)
Evening shift: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

This will be 5 days per week. Minimum work shift is two days a week.

■Duties & Responsibilities:
(1) Service Execution
-Demonstrate appropriate greeting and seating techniques.
(Greet as soon as guest walks in with proper greeting and warm genuine smile. Provide all guests with a salutation. Follows all Hospitality Service Execution Steps.)
-Use proper telephone etiquette to answer and direct calls
-Has thorough knowledge of food and beverage menu
-Make suggestions and give guests options
-Describe and recommend food selections
-Clear tables throughout the dining experience using proper methods for removing dishes, glassware and silverware and maintain table cleanliness throughout meal
-Speak to guests to ensure satisfaction with food, drinks and service
-Present bills, accept payments, operates cash register
-Able to respond to guest complaints.

(2) Operational Execution
– Notifies the manager of any guest complaints no matter how small it may seem
– Uphold strict cash handling procedures and be accountable for all transactions daily
– Able to prioritize
– Maintain personal health and sanitation standards
– Review work procedures and operational problems in order to determine ways to improve service, performance and safety.
– Maintain clean outfit and understands that he/she is always on stage
– Attendance in mandatory meetings, training and workshops
– Ensure 100% compliance with all Company policies and laws, including health and safety standards

■ Requirements
-Excellent customer service skills
-Prior guest service experience
-Excellent communication skills
-Conversation level Japanese language proficiency
-Basic level of English language proficiency
-Proper working visa
-Excellent organization and problem solving skills
-Standing and walking during entire work shift
-Knowledge of principles for dealing directly with the public
-Ability to handle cash, give change and balance cash drawer at the end of shift

■Salary
1,000 yen per an hour in initial training period.
*High chances of increase pay with the level of performances.

■Welfare
All transportation expenses and delicious free meal

■Location
Tokyo, Koto-ku Nishi-Ojima

■Hiring condition
Part time staff

■About our store
We are newly established high-end authentic Indian restaurant located at Nishi Ojima, Koto-ku. At cozy homelike atmosphere, our team works harmoniously to please our loyal customers. Because we are getting busier, we like to recruit few enthusiastic and responsible members join our team.

We welcome candidates matching following characteristics;
-cheerful, friendly, polite, responsible and enthusiastic personality,
-like to work in food business and serving to the customers.

We also welcome students, seasonal workers and homemakers. Prior working experience in this industry is not necessary.

We will provide in-depth trainings that first-timers will be able to master the skills at their own speed and work free from anxiety.

Our work shift is flexible that you could balance your school/house work with this job. Our restaurant staffs come from various age group and nationalities.

We need staffs who can start immediately!

If you are interested, please e-mail us with photo and cv/resume

Recruitment Director: Ms. Paromeita Roy

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser.

Perpetually looking for new employees : HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima)

Perpetually looking for new employees : HALL STAFFS WANTED immediately for High End Indian Restaurant (Nishi Ojima). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

14) Church Seeks Pianist Sunday 11-12 Weekly (Oedo)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees :Church Seeks Pianist Sunday 11-12 Weekly (Oedo)

Perpetually looking for new employees :Church Seeks Pianist Sunday 11-12 Weekly (Oedo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser.

15) Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya)

Their ad:

Perpetually looking for new employees : Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

We are looking for a part time cleaner .

You will take about 4 hours from 11AM or 3PM, few times a week.
Looking for someone who can clean nicely and can work long term.
This is a simple work but you should be responsible.

-Hours: 4 hours (11AM – 3PM)
-Compensations 4000 yen/daily
-over 3 times/week
-you can speak japanese daily life
-female only

Please introduce a little bit about yourself and experience at the first email, for example, where you live, your experience, the contact number etc., so I can picture what perdon you are, and if you are suitable this position.

Ad copied from Craigslist

Review(s):

Repeat advertiser.

Perpetually looking for new employees : Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya)

Perpetually looking for new employees : Apartment Cleaning Person (Harajuku,Shibuya). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

D. Others

1) AV jobs on Craigslist

Do more research before sending in your nude photos / videos!

Their ad:

Suspicious ads : AV actresses wanted

Suspicious ads : AV actresses wanted. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

2)Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi)

Suspicious ads:Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi)

Suspicious ads:Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

Suspicious ads: Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi)

Suspicious ads: Require female and Male actor for short film (Otemachi). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

3)Young Models… (Tokyo)

Their ad:

Suspicious Ads: Young models

Suspicious Ads: Young models. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Review(s):

Stop this pedophile shit.

These are the companies so far. I hope this post helped you. Check back once in a while for more updates. If you would like to report something, please feel free to contact me. I think it is our responsibility to self-police ourselves.

4) Companion (Tokyo)

Their ad:

Tokyo Craigslist Jobs and Scams : Looking for companion

Suspicious ads: Looking for companion. Screen cap from Craigslist. 

compensation: ¥10.000 (one hour)
I’m just a regular businessman in Tokyo and I’m looking to hire a young, slim, beautiful lady for casual FUN time& possibly more… After work…

Open to all races….All attractive, young& slim ladies are welcome to apply!

It’s a part time offer, but it might become a regular position once we have the right chemistry.

Intimate and discreet time only.
No need to send a resume, just reply with basic info & a recent picture of yourself (just body pics OK!).

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s) :

In fact, u’re looking for some hooker?

4) COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo) (Tokyo)

Their ad:

Suspicious ads:COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo)

Suspicious ads:COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Must reside in CENTRAL Tokyo(state travel time to Tokyo or Shinagawa Station)

A unique position not as an English teacher, but, consulting and coaching Japanese professionals who need to communicate in high stress, high visibility, and decision making situations. They have the attention of professionals from other countries when they speak. You will help medical, legal and business professionals create industry specific communication strategy solutions for their unique needs. Every program will be different and the clients will create a significant part of the strategies themselves with your guidance.

Consultants will not be teaching vocabulary or grammar. This is not an English language instructor position. There are no textbooks.

Minimum requirements:
Reside in CENTRAL Tokyo(state travel time to Tokyo or Shinagawa Station)
Appropriate work visa
Superior research skills using Google, YouTube & iTunes
Attorney-like questioning skills
University graduate
Upscale, fashionable business attire and appearance are a must — not exceptions

Special consideration given:

Available for EARLY 7:30AM sessions

iPad (Plus two apps to be specified prior to acceptance. Consultant borne cost of apps of approx. 1000Â¥)Notebook PC and preferably a portable Wifi to not rely on hotpots

Compensation:
Face-to-Face: 3000 yen / 40 minute session (conducted in units of 2) 80 minutes 6000 yen
Skype: 2000 yen / 40 minute session (conducted in units of 2) 80 minutes 4000 yen
Transportation reimbursed
Please submit the following for consideration:
a. resume
b. degree
c. copy of passport and visa
d. head to toe photograph (blue or grey suit, black, burgundy or oxblood shoes — no brown clothing, no brown shoes)
e. headshot

Ad copied from Craigslist
Review(s):

Suspicious ads:COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo)

Suspicious ads:COMMUNICATION STRATEGY COACH (Tokyo). Screen cap from Craigslist. 

Hey buddy,

I just read your shitty post, im laughing and im passing it on to all of my “communication strategy coach” friends aka English instructors. it reads like something written by a highschool kid who hates brown trousers.

“Attorney-like questioning skills” keep watching Murder She Wrote pal.
“Upscale, fashionable business attire and appearance are a must — not exceptions” i cant take this seriously.
“iPad (Plus two apps to be specified prior to acceptance. Consultant borne cost of apps of approx. 1000¥)” what are these magical apps of which you speak? What secrets do they hold?

and finally, you (a stranger) ask for a lot of information for a first date…

a. resume
b. degree
c. copy of passport and visa
d. head to toe photograph (blue or grey suit, black, burgundy or oxblood shoes — no brown clothing, no brown shoes)
e. headshot

I think your a crook or a fraudster who hates brown shoes.

be very cautious of contacting this clown.

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19 comments on “Tokyo Craigslist Jobs and Scams

  1. penpowersong
    October 2, 2013

    Very helpful info. More of this please!

  2. ikalwewe
    October 6, 2013

    Hi, thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. emmy
    January 21, 2014

    Really helpful. I’m actually looking for a job in japan, I am a young filipina. Anyway, it just inspires me that other filipinos managed to live there, because that has been a dream of mine to actually live there and work,I can’t even explain, however it seems so hard for me, and sometimes it even seems totally impossible. So I do love your blog, and was wondering how did you do it? I mean, what opportunities and such, that got you to where you are now?, I really am very curious. thanks 🙂

    • ikalwewe
      January 25, 2014

      Hello Emmy, thank you for your comment. To answer your question, my husband is Japanese. But I also have a bit of history with Japan. I did one year exchange program in 2003 when I was in the university, where I met my husband now. But before we got married, I was able to come back thanks to the people I met here as a student.
      Life is not easy in Japan, especially if you’re non-white. Most jobs open to Filipinos are blue collar jobs – they are decent jobs, for sure, but it’s not something I went to school for or something I’d like to do forever. Luckily, there are many equal-opportunity employers (usually foreign-based capitals). If you want to teach English, for example, I found that Americans are less critical of you than Japanese. Japanese will forever doubt your English ability, simply because there is no way for them to evaluate it themselves. However, there are some Japanese-owned English conversation schools which accept applications from non-native speakers. Try Gaba, and they might just sponsor your visa. I hope that answered your question? If not, feel free to ask anything. Have a great day.

      • Elle Garcia
        January 28, 2014

        Hi,

        thank you so much for replying. And i’m so sorry in advance, because I’m gonna ask a lot of questions. 🙂

        I get what you say about life being hard there, I’ve heard a lot of filipinos saying so, however, I still wish to go there, because life here in the Philippines has been very hard for me as well, so I think I can somehow survive japan, most especially because I am in love with its culture, and it seems so fascinating. But still, I guess I’m not willing to take a blue collar job, since I’m college graduate. I don’t know if it’s possible to get work in an office or something since I’m not really good at teaching? I’ve heard some filipinos get an office job, do you know any of them by any chance?

        PS But how old were you exactly when you studied in japan(and now how old are you)? I’m already about 22-23, and I’m thinking it might be too late for me to study. Anway I don’t even have the money for studying, if I’m going there I truly need some work. But I guess you are just really lucky, did you already have an interest in japan even before? because you had wanted to be exchange student right? – and also do you speak japanese?

        Thank you again if you do find time to reply. and finally sorry for so many questions 🙂 – Also please don’t publish this reply on your site, it could be just between us…

  4. ikalwewe
    January 30, 2014

    Hi Elle, thank you for reply.

    Sure, I don’t mind answering some of your questions. But a word of warning: this post is going to be loooong.

    I’d also like to write down some entries I made about working in Japan, because I think they will be very insightful for you.

    JOB HUNTING IN JAPAN – THE HORRORS OF HELLO WORK. ALTERNATIVE JOB SITES?
    http://rakenrol.net/japan/?p=1257

    SO, YOU WANT TO TEACH ENGLISH IN JAPAN?
    http://rakenrol.net/japan/?p=824

    BEING AN ALT (ASSISTANT LANGUAGE TEACHER) IN JAPAN : WHY YOU’D BE BETTER OFF DOING SOMETHING ELSE
    http://rakenrol.net/japan/?p=198

    I was 19 when I first came to study in Japan. It was a scholarship courtesy of the Japanese government. So no, I didn’t have to spend a cent. I am now 29. So it’s been ten years…. I was interested in Japan but I didn’t speak Japanese. Now I speak,read,write Japanese (JLPT2 passer, yes!). It has deteriorated over the years, however, but I can still pretty much hold a conversation..

    Anyway to your questions..

    Office job – The reality is that the most open industries for foreigners in Japan are the ff:
    1) English teaching, Eikaiwai (English conversation) – Ranging from 1000-2500 Pesos an hour (in Tokyo)
    2) Blue collar jobs ( factory, convenient stores, cleaning jobs) – From 450-600 Pesos an hour(in Tokyo)
    3) F&B – restaurants, bars – From 450-600 Pesos an hour(in Tokyo)

    The only way you can get an office job is if you

    1) speak very good Japanese (translation&interpretation. regular office jobs if you are super fluent in Japanese)
    2) are sent by the forces at home (ie: expats sent by the mother company)
    3) have a special skill that is badly needed with a relevant amount of experience (ie. Software engineers, SAP, c++)
    –Note : I did an office job for a short time. I didn’t need to speak Japanese though..

    Even then, your problem is obtaining a VISA. There are some types of visa that allow you to work in Japan:
    1) Student visa (limited number of hours per week, during my time it was 20 hours)
    2) Spouse of Japanese/child of Japanese visa – if you are married to Japanese or if you are a child of a Japanese citizen
    3) Working Holidays – issued only to select countries. The Philippines is excluded, no surprises there.
    4) Specific work-visa sponsored by the company.
    5) Resident (if you’ve been living here a long time..)

    Your best bet is to get #4. But in order to get that, you need to
    3) have a special skill that is badly needed with a relevant amount of experience (ie. Software engineers, SAP, c++ )

    Even then, there is a large pool of jobless here to be filled up before they start looking abroad. There’s an obligation for the company to prove to the authorities that they have exhausted the local pool before before they can offer the job to someone abroad. What can you offer that a Japanese cannot? I have had a Norwegian colleague who just couldn’t get a chef visa (or however you call it) though he had listed an experience of ten years and the restaurant was really pushing to sponsor his visa. In the end, they had to let him go…

    And even if you get a work visa, your work is limited to a certain field. Engineer visa holders cannot work as English teachers and vice versa.

    Sure, there are companies looking for Tagalog speakers, but they are rare and hard to come by. And because there are 300,000+ Filipinos in Japan with valid visas, it is not a good business strategy to sponsor anyone from abroad.

    I am not trying to let you down or anything. But this is the reality. There is a hard-working boy in the Philippines asking me for any sort of opportunities, even factory work. Asking around, one of the Filipinas I talked to replied, “If it were that easy, I would’ve my brother working here already!”

    If you know any Japanese national, you can ask that person to “guarantee” you. But it is no obligation on their part. And “guaranteeing” is risky. People just wouldn’t do it.

    Also, just because you have a college degree at home doesn’t mean you can get an office job. Remember, you are competing against the Tokyo university graduates, the Michigan and Indiana grads, the Sorbonne grads. I went to a prestigious back home as well as in Japan and France, and it was very challenging to get my foot in the door. Sadly , most Pinoys cannot even get an English teaching job because our English skills are in a sad state and many Japanese have learned that Pinoys ,never mind what we claim, have a strong Filipino accent, use weird vocabulary and wrong grammar. (Sorry— this is the truth. I am not saying our English is bad. I’m saying that the English skills of many Pinoys HERE are terrible!!!)

    My advice for you is try to find a company/school that recruits applicants from overseas. Get your visa sponsored, teach English for the time being, and then maybe ask your company for a lateral move.

    On the other hand, because the Olympics will be held in Japan, some people predict that construction workers will soon be in demand. Other industries may follow, and that is something to look forward to.

    http://www.workabroad.ph/list_specific_jobs.php?by_what=country&id=1027
    http://jp.jobstreet.com/
    http://www.gaijinpot.com/index/index/lang/ja

    Don’t give up. Feel free to message me privately for more questions 🙂

    • elle
      February 9, 2014

      I’ve just read your reply, yes i’d like to email you privately too, but then I don’t know how(dunno your private email?), somehow my replies are always visible in the comments page. Anyway, I’ve just read all links you’ve posted to me, and it was very insightful, although some ways brutally honest?, but then I loved your post when you’re talking about being an ALT, it was so interesting, you described the job so thoroughly, I think it had the actual opposite effect in me though, I ended up wanting to experience that job, I know I’m weird.

      I did read some of your other posts too, and I love your writing, it’s kinda mean sometimes, but then, it’s fun to read, it’s really straight to the point…I kinda got a bit discouraged by how hard it’d be for a filipino to get a decent job there(hard being an understatement too), but knowing me, I still want to find some ways around those things, I probably would never give up anyway(although it does seem too impossible :(…but then I dunno if I ever find the time to actually gather up my determination…

      …and I totally agree at what you said(on one of your posts), I mean how could they even judge our english speaking ability, when they can’t even speak it themselves? I love japan, but I do know reality can be harsh, and that was just plain unfair. Lastly, is there a way to really contact you privately though? just because I don’t really want some of my replies to be to be posted publicly in the comments…because I do ask a lot don’t I? thanks again anyway 🙂

  5. david S.
    February 26, 2014

    the scam list of jobs is made by a loser called David who is alcoholic, and writes that kind of crap when drunk, he cannot keep 1 job for long time because of his personal problems, looks for jobs in bars where he can drink while work and occasionaly hunts for other jobs of course bosses chase him away everywhere and this beerbelly revenges this way then every once in a moth when he gets chased away somewhere , all comments are from the same prick

    • ikalwewe
      February 26, 2014

      I don’t know who you are talking about. But I made this list, gathered from Glassdoor and Craigslist.

  6. david S.
    March 1, 2014

    yes but then you should realize that always the same people are looking for jobs on craigslist , the people who cannot get a job the official way , through agencies etc . it is like their last resort to find a job and 3 out of your comments are from swedish beerbelly David , since his hobby was writing stuff on craigslist every time he got fired , last september-december he got 3 jobs there from craiglist and everytime he got chased away and wrote stuff like that exactly what you copied and pasted

    • ikalwewe
      March 2, 2014

      I must admit that I didn’t really check out some other sources except Craigslist. Either I couldn’t find any or there just aren’t any!

      1Guesthouse Manager (Are You Mr/Ms Guesthouse? Are you Mr/Ms Ambitious? Are you Mister Guesthouse (Shinjuku/Nakano/Ikebukero)

      2PAUKE” German Restaurant

      3Paddys Junction (Shinjuku 3chome)

      4Part time/Full time Children English instructor (Kawaguchi)

      5Part Time Cleaning Job (Tokyo)

      What you say about that certain David may be true. he may not be able to keep a job and ends up writing bad stuff on Craigslist. But then, with the exception of #3, these ads (or variations of these ads) regular appear on Craigslist. Why then are they forever looking for new employees?

  7. David S
    March 13, 2014

    i think simply craigslist is cheaper than paying an agency and companies like that are always looking for new staff high rotation like exchange students

    cleaning waitress guesthouse = also cleaning , so no surpirse

    i think just people who cant find a job try craigslist and fail again then instead of complaining to an introduction agency , they just write bad stuff. it are not the companies, they just try to avoid dealing with agencies and have to deal with this kind of anger instead.

    so if I were you i would not contribute spreading bad rumour unless you really tried working at one of these companies , I think it is just not fair to do .

    • ikalwewe
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks for your input David. Have a great day!

  8. Alyvia
    April 6, 2015

    Hello, your post is really helpful. I’ve been using Craiglist and searching for a job ever since I came to Japan 6 months ago and would never expected it to be this difficult. I’ve encountered so many employers on Cragilist that would not reply my emails after asking me for a interview time or a résumé. I’ve been to several interviews (restaurants) but were rejected as I didn’t have enough Japanese abilities. Neither was it easy for me to get a English teaching job because I wasn’t from a Native speaking country… So may I have your opinions on what jobs should be looking for and what suits me the most for someone like me who could only speak very basic Japanese and not from an English speaking native country?

    • ikalwewe
      April 7, 2015

      Hi. What are you expertise ? Computer skills? How about learning basic Japanese?
      Or.. what about working on the US bases – you know, Yokosuka, Okinawa etc ? I know a half-Japanese lady who moved to Okinawa. She seems to be enjoying her life there.
      Good luck Alyvia. Let me know how it turns out.

      • Alyvia
        April 7, 2015

        Hi, I am not expertised at anything as I am just a high school graduate and I am currently studying the Japanese language at a language institute here in Tokyo but it seems like it’s a little hard for me to cope up with the language… As for moving, I can’t really do so until my course ends a year later…

  9. kkn
    July 29, 2015

    I recently got an interview for a job on Craiglist. It just said male floor stuff Ginza for English and Japanese speaking person. Should I be worried?

  10. Samantha
    August 21, 2015

    I wonder if anyone knows what’s up with Global Tool 英会話スクール。 They’ve been posting ads for a teacher for almost three months, and I’m guessing they either have some requirement that’s not stated on their ad or something shady is going on and people keep quitting or aren’t accepting any offer. I was contemplating applying but after seeing it posted with the same shitty photo over and over and over again (and lack of proper punctuation and capitalization), I decided to pass. :p

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