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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003


How are foreigners faring in financially lean times?

Victoria Bauzyte
Model, 20
I work at two shows per day and get 70,000 yen for those two. It's not the most you can get, but it's nice for starters, especially since I got it after just one week of casting.

English Teacher, 27
I get paid OK, I guess. The standard is around 250,000 yen. I've also done some part-time extra work. I got about 6000 yen yen for a night. Maybe my neck will be in the film for two seconds.

Alex Johnson
Banker, 29
I came to Japan after being transferred over on an ex-pat salary. Now I work for a Japanese bank, and I get a little bit less that at the overseas company, but it's still a lot. Maybe in absolute terms, from the amount of output that I give, but comparatively to other people in the industry, I'd say I'm underpaid.

Kerry Friend
Accountant, 34
I think I'm paid pretty well for the work that I do here. I would never say I was overpaid, but well paid. Probably more so than anywhere else in the world. Foreigners can be paid much more than Japanese for the same work, depending on where they are in the hierarchy.

Cedric Orcellet
French teacher, 25
In terms of pay, I'm not rich, but I can live in Japan. I think in the past there was a lot of work for French teachers, but many people can come over now short-term on working holiday visas, so the cost of lessons is going down.

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