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October 26, 2004

No Americans, Thank You

For Americans looking to work in Japan, one option that is not available is the working holiday visa. On the Japan Today site yesterday, Canadian Kevin Burns looked at the issue in some depth. Although it is illegal to come to Japan on a tourist visa and look for work, many Americans wanting to teach English here do just that because they have few practical options. Meanwhile, citizens of the U.K., Australia and other Commonwealth countries have the much easier choice of applying for the working holiday visa, which can often be processed in as little as three days. Burns examines the question of whether there is actual discrimination against Americans, looks at how schools have to bend the law to hire American teachers, and hints that perhaps Americans are seen as more likely to bring violence and drugs to Japan.
Why no working holiday visa for Americans?

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