- Gaijin teachers at the 'international school' I am newly employed at were under the impression that their jobs were long-term
- many have been in that school for several years
- however, due to a particular legal situation in Japan, half of them may be terminated in a couple of years, as there will be no legal way to extend their contracts or visas
- meanwhile, some have got mortgages and otherwise started lives in Japan
Yeah, just like every other one of us you may say, except that the foreign staff was led to believe they were permanent. Are you surprised the Japanese administration did not spell out the job-insecurity when they were staffing their school with experienced teachers? If they were not withholding that information, they were incompetent and did not know the law. I can believe either: I can believe Japanese administration is capable of both.
Never mind that Gaijin have come to teach since 'the Bubble', and never mind that half who come marry Japanese nationals, and maybe half of those stay. Never mind that the school was approved in 'the Bubble' when money was thrown at anything with 'international' in the title. Never mind that 'the law' in Japan is a point of departure, not cast in stone, the flexibility of which to suit amakudari and other fellow-travellers. No, the fault lies with any foreigner naive enough not to cover their own ass better*, because what most Japanese, and all of the bureaucracy, want you to do after teaching for a few years is:
'Gaijin, go home.'
*I do not agree they are at fault. Most come from countries with the 'rule of law', and would not yet have read 'The Enigma of Japanese Power'. Read it if you have not yet.
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized.