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Tamaki Recruitment – anyone used/heard of these guys?

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  • Jisaksson
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    4 July, 2018 at 9:42
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    Hi guys

    I was just wondering if anyone has heard of Tamaki Recruitment: http://tamakiteflrecruitment.co.uk/what-our-customers-say/

    I’m a European passport holder (not UK, American, etc) and I just want to make sure I’m not getting scammed by being promised help with Visa. I’m very excited to potentially teach in Japan but I don’t want to be naïve and not do my research about the agency – I’ve heard horror stories.

    So anyway, if any of you guys have heard about these guys, and if you’re a NES who has been teaching in Japan, I’d love to hear from you. They seem legit enough but one can never be too careful.

    girl_in_Tokyo
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    2 August, 2019 at 23:13
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    Don't trust online recruiters!

    That looks sketchy as hell. I’ve lived and taught in Japan for over 20 years, and I have never heard of this agency. Also, any agency who promises to find you a job but doesn’t even list any of the positions on their site is not to be trusted. Why would you agree to interview for a job when you don’t even know what that job IS? There are a lot of so-called “black companies” in the English teaching biz here, and you do not want to get stuck with one of them. They flagrantly violate the law because they are well aware that once you arrive, you are under their thumb since they sponsor your visa. They also know that as a newbie, you don’t know Japanese labor law and wouldn’t know where to go even if you wanted to report them. I have heard of people not getting paid on time or not getting paid at all, as well as other practices like putting people in a run-down apartment and charging exorbitant rent.

    If you want to teach in Japan, you should go through one of the big schools, like Aeon, ECC, Berlitz, Interac, or LinkJapan, as they all hire year round and sponsor visas.. They are not exactly paragons of virtue (low pay, etc.) but they do follow labor law since they are too big to be able to slip under the radar.

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