Of course it is a personal choice whether or not you want to stay in Japan for a long time, here's how I approached the big question: Do you want to stay in Japan?
First of all, I love the culture, language, people, festivals, karaoke, noisy pachinko parlors, and serene architecture; but, for me, I want to be involved in it all and not just an onlooker, forever observing. Maybe it's like being a kid, playing video games at your friends house, and, instead of playing you're stuck watching your friend play. Or, maybe it's like being in high school with a group of good friends where you found out that last Friday they all got together, but you weren't invited.
Because I love my industry and the mental challenge that advanced economics posits, I would not become a Japanese teacher or Hostel worker at the expense of never pursuing my dream economics career. Opportunity costs friends, opportunity costs (intro micro-econ. terminology).
So for you, I advise you to get a skill that the Japanese society will find useful - on top of learning Japanese. The Japanese know Japanese, so, unfortunately, you knowing Japanese fluently is not enough - you have to have other professional skills as well. You can do it though.
For me, if I can get a job related to economics in Japan, not teaching in university, that pays me accordingly, then I would go in a second!! And that's my resolution. Until I find then, I'll continue working on my website to help people practice Japanese or tinker with my Chinese audio Pinyin pronunciation site.
Until next time!!
Ben is developing a Japanese Practice site. It's current main functions are:
1. a Flash Card system that features a leveling system where you must answer correctly and "level up"to gain new cards, receive money and buy new decks - anime decks included!
2. Fill in the Blank system where you can choose to focus on particle practice or verb practice etc.