English speaking firms in Tokyo?


Know of any English speaking firms in Tokyo? or know how one might find a job or where to look for jobs in Tokyo w/ survival level Japanese?

May 25, 05 5:31 pm


May 25, 05 8:30 pm  · 
Mason White
klein dytham

(but you better bring you own spinach, pops ... over there its seaweed or nada)

May 25, 05 8:47 pm  · 
A Center for Ants?

moshi moshi?

May 25, 05 9:31 pm  · 

yup, as far as i know klein dytham is it. and i'm pretty sure they get a million applications a year.

bigger or more famous ones like toyo ito, maki, or shigeru ban might be somewhat english-friendly.

and don't know what position you're looking for, but as far as i know, no one pays interns.

May 25, 05 9:40 pm  · 

oh yes, and that said, if you are willing to go with no pay, i think you have a pretty decent chance at many big firms. but of course, tokyo is... chotto takai

May 25, 05 9:41 pm  · 

would there be any english/american firms w/ offices in tokyo?
i.e. som, kpf, oma......

i am looking for an entry postiton.. (have my masters and 2 yrs exp.)

are you serious no one pays interns

May 25, 05 9:43 pm  · 

both fumihiko maki and kengo kuma are english friendly.
been to both offices.

yup, generally no pay and you are a total slave - 18 hour days.

May 25, 05 10:49 pm  · 

geno is not exaggerating. its for real.

May 25, 05 11:35 pm  · 

you may want to check rtkl:

they are located in the states, europe and asia.

May 25, 05 11:40 pm  · 

some American firms, like KPF for example, put a tokyo address on their cards because it looks prestigious, but in fact it's nothing but a desk with a phone and a secretary waiting for asian projects to bring back to new york.

May 26, 05 1:47 am  · 

most of the kids at my school have worked for sejima, ito, isozaki, etc, and they ALL work for free as interns. In fact they compete for the honor, along with scholarship wielding foreigners who also offer to work for free. Very tough to get in cold-call style, but might get lucky.

If you are looking for a real job then pay gets better but often is the total shits if you are doing it Japanese style. Working hours are typically 50 - 80 hours a week (or more) depending on who you are working for. And this all assumes you have a visa. If you don't my advice is to be prepared for a seriously depressing job hunt.

As far as English speaking goes, Tokyo is not even remotely bilingual so if you want to do real work its a good idea to know more than survival level Japanese.

Having said all that it might be possible to get a job with the super developers, like mitsubushi, nikken sekkei and so on. they are large enough that an English speaker might be useful in the office.

Or you can try Gensler, HOK, and that sort. they may have an easier chance of getting you a visa if you need one.

I'm not saying don't try, but be prepared for a trying time if you decide to go for it.

May 26, 05 3:50 am  · 

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I am a French architect and engineer.
My company ABD Architecture LLC is based in Sapporo, Hokkaido. We have worked on many construction and development projects in Niseko and Furano.
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May 17, 22 8:11 am  · 

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