Can you teach English in Japan without knowing Japanese?

Can I teach English in Japan without speaking Japanese?

Yes, you can teach English in Japan without knowing Japanese. In fact you can teach English in many countries around the world without knowing the local language. It's not a requirement to teach English in Japan (for the work visa).

So I recently returned to the USA after living in Japan for 21 months. I've also taught English in China, Korea and Taiwan.


I didn't need to know Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean to teach English there.

So what about Japan, is it any different? 

Actually Japan is a little different than China, Korea and Taiwan as far as language goes. In some cases some English language schools in Japan do show some preference for Japanese ability. These schools can be eikaiwa or ALT teaching positions. 

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