Big in Japan

by robin hilton

Every year thousands of Americans pack their bags and move to Japan. They go in hopes of making it big in one of Japan’s most lucrative industries… English. Desperate to learn the language, Japanese schools, businesses and government agencies offer small fortunes to just about anyone who can help teach English. No experience necessary. The Americans who flock to Japan each year make up one of the more eclectic if not strange and often comical subcultures of our nation’s social landscape. While many are well-educated with the best intentions, a large number are complete misfits drawn to Japan by the low qualifications and high pay of the English teaching industry. This documentary profiles this unique subculture and explores the surreal world that surrounds them in Japan.

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