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Freelancing in Tokyo: Being Sick on a Sunday

Posted by David Chester on 21 June 2011

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Prism in the windowFor those in the foreign community in Tokyo who are not fluent in Japanese, it is important to remember that when it comes to health issues, we need to reach out and help each other.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: The Art of Self-Promotion

Posted by David Chester on 13 June 2011

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Stone Lantern-1Hello All,

I hope you are enjoying the rainy weather. I'm from California, so the rain is a treat for me. I also enjoy it because I know what's around the corner: hot, hotter and hottest. Get your cool-gel packs now!

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Get Paid On Time!

Posted by David Chester on 6 May 2011

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Tori gates

For those of you who have read my book, you will be familiar with my comments about "Getting Paid On Time." Because I continue to encounter a strange attitude from certain agents about paying talent on time, I feel I must again write about this issue. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Post-quake (or not)

Posted by David Chester on 15 April 2011

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Japanese Tea and Dessert
I felt like I needed to see a calming image, and what could be more gentle than two cups of green tea and a plate of kuzumochi?

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Learning How to Gaman

Posted by David Chester on 15 March 2011

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Koi in a Fountain
As most of you know, a major earthquake hit Japan on March 11. For those of us living in Tokyo, things are changing moment by moment. This is a difficult time for many and the focus of FIT in the coming months will be about surviving and keeping people aware of what's happening here and how I have handled challenging situations having to do with my jobs. That is the best way for me to share with you what is going on, by making it personal.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Creating Community

Posted by David Chester on 24 January 2011

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Stone Lantern Good day, all.

I have a few thoughts to share with those of you who have joined the FIT experience. Last year I spent a lot of time trying to boost spirits, encourage, cheer people on, motivate; you get the picture. But it has occurred to me that that is not enough to help people who are attempting to create their own fantastic freelancing journey in Tokyo. What I think may be of more value is to tell you more real-life experiences, not just mine, but yours, if you care to share them. The idea is to help others and to make the life/work experience in Japan a deeply enriching one. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: 2010 Wrap-up

Posted by David Chester on 21 December 2010

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Simple Stone Garden
Hello All:

It's hard to believe we are coming to the close of 2010. Is it just me or does it seem that days are flying by faster than they ever did? One way or the other, we got here from there and I hope most of you had a smooth ride of it.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Bootstraps or Heelstraps: Pick Yourself Up

Posted by David Chester on 27 August 2010

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Jindai Park Flowers
For those of us roughing it out in Tokyo this summer, we've exchanged stories of how "tough" it is: Jobs being canceled, not enough work coming in, phones not ringing. Yes, it is true; things slow down in August in Japan as everyone flees the heat. But for those of you who braved it and who may be surviving by your wits, I say: Go a step farther.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Do It Yourself

Posted by David Chester on 13 August 2010

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Japanese lakeMany of you have escaped Japan for the summer, and I cannot blame you. It's HOT. Although, this summer has held many surprises -- extra typhoons bringing in much needed rain and some powerful gusts of wind. Beautiful sunny days followed by remnants of June's rainy season. Like elsewhere in the world, the weather in Tokyo (and Japan) is unpredictable these days... and so, as most of you are experiencing, is the economy.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Reinventing Yourself

Posted by David Chester on 21 July 2010

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Ginza after the rain Hello All!

I hope you are doing whatever you can to stay cool in Tokyo's "heat-island" summer.

When I began writing "Freelancing in Tokyo," there were signs that the Japanese economy was "slipping." The bounty of well-paying jobs for native-English speakers in Japan was very slowly becoming a dearth. However, I believed (and still do) that opportunities abound here for freelancers, which is why I decided to finish the book. Even at publication time, the number of foreigners coming to make a go of it in Tokyo was continuing to grow.

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