It's been about 2 months now, haven't received any word from Sandeep. A "NO" would have been as useful as a "Yes", but never mind that. Thanks for the help anyway.
I have approached some recruiters and forwarded them details and my interests, I think it;s how it works in Japan. I'm hoping that I can find a new profession soon, because otherwise I will have to leave Japan (Not that I want to, but personally, I'd weigh intellectual satisfaction above the quality of life).
Thanks for all the help.
And FWIW, TLUG has been called off , as no one (cw)ould step up to lead it. So the only option for that has gone out the window