About the Program

Q 1.
What training and courses are offered?
A 1.
We do not offer training courses in the traditional sense of the word. We offer an active learning platform that will be facilitated by experts who will guide participants towards a pre-agreed project outcome and goal. Fellows will work in small groups of 3-4 to achieve a project outcome that they have planned and all agreed upon. A specialist mentor will work with a facilitator on the ground to respond your inquiries, organize the program based upon mutual agreement and plan the schedule for the days, months, and year to accomplish your goal. Guest lecturers will be invited to provide you with intellectual and mental stimulation and knowledge.
At this stage, “Survival Japanese” and practical Japanese language training will be offered to Fellows who need to acquire Japanese language, but it is not required in order to participate.
Please note that Japanese language acquisition is not the purpose of this program.
Q 2.
May I know the Job scope in details? Please let me know about the assigned job and tasks in detail. If you can provide me the Job description in advance, it will be appreciated.
A 2.
We do not create a clear Job Description as the Awaji Youth Federation is primarily a training program that is guided by the ideas and aspirations of each of the Fellows. Once you are admitted to AYF as a Fellow, you will spend the on-the-job training portion of your time assigned to work at Pasona Group Inc. and its related facilities based on your work experience and skill. Examples of some of the kinds of tasks you might undertake are as follows:
Overseas related business development based upon regional revitalization, various existing or new tasks such as overseas marketing, inbound tourism plan for Japan, advertisement, publicity, translation, interpreting, information provision service
Q 3.
What kind of job can we do?
A 3.
This unique program has two aspects of employment to let fellows experience as much as possible in a year; work as a contract employee of Pasona Group Inc. and embrace the challenge of creative and entrepreneurial development on Awaji Island.
Our group companies are also paying attention to this project, and how we can let Fellows demonstrate their ability and potential. The work assigned to the Fellows is subject to the proposals from the Fellow himself/herself, as well as the routine work requested by the corporate entity, and it will also be assigned based upon compliance, rules and regulations.

About Qualification

Q 4.
If I am not familiar with the eight fields/specialities, is it possible to apply? I was majoring in commerce.
A 4.
Yes, you can apply to AYF, if you have any unique background other than the 8 specialities.
Q 5.
My Japanese skill is N2. I do not have score level TOEIC 700 or higher. Can I apply?
A 5.
Yes, you can apply to AYF, but please note all of the program will be conducted in English, and if your English level is not sufficient you are unlikely to be selected

About Life

Q 6.
What kind of Accommodation do I live in?
A 6.
We will attempt to provide you with a choice of either a private or shared room, but the kitchen, bathroom and shower room will be shared in line with standard Japanese practice. We will ensure that individual shower booths are available in addition to the communal Japanese bath. We will take every possible measure to ensure that your privacy is respected. An important part of the program, however, is to have you experience shared life with other Fellows who have different cultural backgrounds.
Q 7.
Regarding accommodation, it seems like it is possible to use accommodation facilities, but is it compulsory? Is it possible to know the facilities and specifications of the accommodation in advance?
A 7.
Staying at our designated boarding house is mandatory. We will provide further information on our accommodation very soon. We understand the need to secure and respect your privacy so that you can live in a comfortable environment for a year.
Q 8.
Are AYF fellows entitled the annual leave?
A 8.
All AYF fellows are hired as contract employees of Pasona Group Inc. Our benefits include paid holidays.
Q 9.
Are Fellows allowed to go back during long vacation, for example, Golden Week or summer vacation?
A 9.
Vacation/Leave requests from Fellows will be accepted during the period when nothing will hinder you and other Fellows in training or assigned work shift. Please note that the training and work experience programme is arranged by the AYF secretariat; Fellows have two days off in a week, but it is not always guaranteed to be on Saturdays and Sundays. Especially, if your special training and work experience tasks are designed at the commercial facilities for tourists, you are likely to be asked to work on Saturdays, Sundays or national holidays at certain times. Please fully understand this point.
Q 10.
Are they going to wear formal clothes during work hours?
A 10.
We have a basic dress code and it will depend upon your job and tasks; TPO (appropriate to time, place and occasion) is taken into consideration. Of course, you will be requested to dress formally on special occasions such as ceremonies etc. and we generally wear suits on business in Japan. If you have a national costume it might be a good idea to bring one set with you.

About Salary, Fee and Tax

Q 11.
How much is fellow’s salary per month?
A 11.
The salary is 250,000 yen per month. After you have paid all relevant living and program expenses, your net earnings will be around 42,000 yen.
Q 12.
Does 156,000 yen per month include the tuition fee, may I know if this is compulsory? Tuition fee is for 4 hours per day program? Can we change the classes when we find out we don’t like the course?
A 12.
Yes, 156,000 yen per month includes the tuition fee also. We are recruiting motivated, creative, passionate AYF fellows from all around the world. All fellows are requested to “learn to work, work to learn.” Therefore, it is mandatory to participate in both our training and work experience programmes as essential courses. Please apply only if you fully understand our unique programme. If you refuse to participate in the course half way through, you will be excluded as a Fellow.
Q 13.
Is the tuition fee charged for this “work to learn, lean to work” program?
A 13.
Yes, we will charge you for the creative program portion of your time as the tuition fee. Various costs will be involved in the delivery of the creative program to the Fellows. As for the living costs on Awaji Island, the average monthly cost of living for a single individual is as follows:
Housing: 54,000 Yen *Initial rental deposit cost not included
Electricity/Gas/Water: 10,000Yen
Internet: 5,000Yen *Initial connection cost not included
Food: 50,000Yen
In light of this, AYF is requesting individual Fellows to make a subsidized contribution towards the cost of their accommodation, food and utilities.
Q 14.
Foreigners must pay the income tax as well; may I know how many percentage?
A 14.
Whilst the exact amount varies per individual, we estimate that you will be required to pay around 50,000 yen per month for Japanese income tax, and your employee contribution to the health insurance and social safety net insurance schemes that Japanese company employees are required to join by law. This will leave you with roughly 42,000 left over for incidental expenses each month, after you pay the 156,000 contribution for accommodation, morning and evening meals, utilities and tuition, although you may earn marginally more than 42,000 yen if you wish to work overtime at some of our commercial facilities on the island.
Q 15.
Is it possible to pay the salary payment to a bank account overseas?
A 15.
No, AYF will not transfer money, your salary, to overseas bank account. We recommend you to open a bank account in Japan.

About the Contract

Q 16.
Can AYF or Pasona Group support for visa-related procedures and costs?
A 16.
On selecting you as a fellow, the AYF secretariat will handle necessary documents for Japanese Immigration sent from you and pay the tax/fee for issuing the Certificate of Eligibility in Japan and send you the status of residence. Then you will apply for your working VISA by yourself to the Japanese Embassy in your country.
Q 17.
It is said that the contract period is one year, what will it be like after that?
A 17.
After finishing the training period, you might possibly have the opportunities as below;
  • Employment at the Pasona Group Inc., or affiliated companies
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities through support of the Pasona Group Inc.
  • Employment in Japan introduced by the Pasona Group Inc.
  • Employment overseas introduced by the Pasona Group Inc.
  • Ability to apply for an internship with a Japanese government or international organization
  • Ability to seek an artistic internship in Japan
Q 18.
Is it possible if there is a reason to leave the job in the middle of the contract period? Do you have a penalty?
A 18.
Should you choose to leave the program you will be free to do so at any time, however, please note you are not allowed to stay in Japan any longer then and you will be required to return back to your country based upon the immigration control act and Japanese law.