I’ve been reading around here for a couple days now and it seems like there is a Chicken and Egg problem here where you’re encouraged network and market yourself to the Japanese software community, but much of that entails actually having your person in Japan to attend stuff like Meetups inside Tokyo the city. Are there not ways to network reliably online or even better States-side without having to take the plunge?
I am at an intermediate level language-wise: between N3 and N2, with N2 in sight for next year.
Are you aware of any American multinational companies with a sizeable engineering presence in Tokyo? I am currently working for a company with a branch in Tokyo, but it’s a sale-oriented branch - no engineering positions there. A quick search of job openings also surprised me, as Adobe, Microsoft, Mozilla, etc. also seem to only focus on sales in their Japan offices. Either that or the engineering positions are below the tip of the iceberg that can only be reached via networking.