Japanese Jobs 201

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Start brainstorming! JJ201 is a standalone course that gives you the foundational knowledge for becoming a kakehashi (“bridge”) between Japan and the US. If you want to dig even deeper into any particular topic, you can do so in any other JJ200 course (or get the 5-course bundle).

Note: the focus is on Japanese jobs in the US, but this can be applied to Japanese jobs in most other countries.


  • Overview: what is a kakehashi employee, and why are we important to Japanese businesses in the US?
  • Meetings: scheduling, hosting visitors, and visiting companies.
  • Phone & In-Person Conversations: getting the courage to speak on the phone and in person, plus key phrases (with a deeper dive in JJ204).
  • Written Correspondence: get started thinking in Japanese when writing (with a deeper dive in JJ204).
  • Business Trips: supporting trips to and from Japan (with a deeper dive in JJ203).
  • Business Cards: quick review of meishi.
  • Company Support: introducing your company to the myriad of ways kakehashi employees can support any/all departments.
  • Utilization: take action!

Is It For You?

  • Japanese language level: zero and up
  • Japanese business knowledge: zero and up
  • Career level: 
    • high school/college student: if you want to be better prepared for a future career
    • entry-level: if you want to find that Japan-related job in the US
    • JET/MEXT returnee: if you want to learn how to utilize your Japan experience in a career
    • mid-career: if you want to finally use the knowledge gained from a previous college course or Japan program in a current or new career

Note to employers: This course is good for any new hire that may need to brush up on their Japanese business culture skills, or for any current employees that have Japan-related experience but don’t use it yet.

How Long Is The Course?

Total instruction time: approximately 1 hour of short videos.

You will receive supplemental information and optional exercises, as well.

The Instructor

Photo of Kasia from Ikigai Connections

Hi, I’m Kasia!

I am a trilingual American who spent 8 years in Japan, including high school, college, graduate school and my professional career. I earned my Bachelorโ€™s from Boston University and Masterโ€™s from Tokyoโ€™s Ochanomizu University. 

My career utilizing Japanese language and cultural skills began in 2003 with concert promotion, and later moved to interpreting/translating, electronics and automotive. I was able to do this while living in Japan, Poland, Italy and the US. Learn more here.

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