Anyone worked for an Apple Store? Have any information on what it’s like? I’ve got an opportunity to possibly work at one of the Tokyo stores, and I’m curious what it’s like. It seems like the company culture is the same everywhere in the world.
Since I had my battery serviced at one of the Tokyo locations, I noticed half of the staff “looked” non-Japanese. My union has a local at Apple, and we have good labor relations with the company. From talking to my union mates, it seems like it’s a really well paying position here, and not a “retail” job like I worked in high school or university.
On a side note, I put “looked” in quotes because Japan’s reputation as completely racially homogenous and anti-immigrant is a false one (Japan is already an immigrant country, I’ve had residency for almost a decade, even while I lived in Australia in 2010-2011 and the U.S. in 2012-2013, I’m naturalising and already have a legal Japanese name and identity paperwork, but I’m caucasian).
In rural Japan, of course, that’s hard to see. In Tokyo or Osaka or Fukuoka? It’s not hard at all. You’ll often hear the cited number that 98% of Japan’s population is “ethnically” Japanese, but this is a really a mistranslation: Japanese census options only have two choices for “ethnicity” in English, Japanese and foreign. If you hold Japanese citizenship, you are “ethnically” Japanese according to the Japanese government. Yamato Minzoku is what is used to refer to people of Japanese “genetic heritage.” Japanese-Australians or Japanese-Americans without Japanese citizenship but living in Japan would not be considered ethnically Japanese. So what 98% Japanese really means is 98% of people in Japan hold Japanese nationality. That says nothing about their genetic make up. Also there’s literally no legal distinction between at-birth and naturalised Japanese nationals. Unlike some countries where birth location vs naturalisation can determine legal rights or privileges (see the U.S. presidency).