Plans announced to place ALT's in all primary schools in Japan!

The JET Program is expanding!
ALTs To Be Placed in All Primary Schools
(Via The Yomiuri Shimbun,
The government has decided to increase the number of Assistant Language Teachers considerably over a five-year period, starting from the next school year, to strengthen English education at primary schools.

Aiming to create a system in which ALTs will be assigned to all public primary schools by the 2019 school year, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry and the Foreign Ministry plan to increase the number of ALTs by about 2,300 over five years as a national project. Combined with ALTs who are hired independently by municipalities, the ministries intend to expand the total number of ALTs to 20,000, or 1.5 times the current level, by the 2019 school year.

The education ministry has decided to lower the starting age for English education from the current fifth year of primary school to the third year by the 2020 school year, and make it an official subject from the fifth year.

Experts have said it is important to secure a sufficient number of native English speakers, and utilize them to enhance the learning environments for students.

About 800 ALTs first came to Japan in 1987 when the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program was launched as a state international exchange project. As of 2002, the number of ALTs had increased to about 5,600, but it began to decrease after that due to financial problems. The current number is about 4,100.

Besides ALTs on the JET Program, about 8,000 ALTs hired independently by municipalities and other organizations have been dispatched to local primary and middle schools across the nation. In some cases, an ALT teaches at several schools.

According to experts, considerable disparity exists among the nation’s 21,000 public primary schools. While some schools have resident ALTs, some schools are visited by an ALT once about every six months.

The government therefore plans to increase the number of ALTs in the JET Program in stages. From the 2020 school year onward, English lessons will increase from the current once a week to three times a week for fifth-grade and sixth-grade students. Third-grade and fourth-grade students will have English lessons once or twice a week, and the education ministry plans to have ALTs frequently instruct students in English classes.

The budget for English education utilizing ALTs is expected to increase from about ¥30 billion this school year to about ¥50 billion a year eventually. The government also plans to launch a subsidy system for supporting municipalities that independently hire ALTs.


An ALT assists Japanese teachers in teaching foreign languages such as English at primary, middle and high schools. In addition to ALTs who come to Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, a state international exchange project, others are directly hired by municipalities or private organizations contracted to dispatch ALTs.

From the 2011 school year, foreign language studies became compulsory for fifth-grade and sixth-grade primary school students. The role of ALTs has expanded to include assisting with pronunciation and listening comprehension.

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Security Services Team Specialist

Bilingual in English and Japanese

Customer Services Team

Dell SecureWorks is a market leader in information security services with more than 3,600 customers worldwide spanning North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Organizations of all sizes, across all industries rely on Dell SecureWorks to protect their assets, improve compliance and reduce costs. The combination of strong customer service, award-winning security technology and experienced security professionals makes Dell SecureWorks the premier provider of information security services for any organization. Positioned as a leader of the MSSP industry by several global industry analyst firms, Dell SecureWorks also has received SC Magazine’s “Best Managed Security Service” award and Frost & Sullivan’s North America Security Incident Mitigation and Response Customer Value Leadership Award, among others.

Role Overview

The Security Services Team Specialist is a critical individual contributor position with the Customer Services Team with high visibility supporting the Asia Pacific Japan region (APJ). 

Working in a 24X7 Security Operations Center, the Security Services Team Specialist answers inbound phone calls, addresses customer emails, triages service requests, and provides day to day support for the neighboring teams within Dell SecureWorks’ Security Operations Team.  Additional duties include, but are not limited to, assisting customers with issue resolution, updating customer records within a CRM ticketing system, escalating issues on the customer’s behalf to members of the sales and operations organization, and performing routine technical tasks related to the management and monitoring of the services that a customer receives.

Role Responsibilities

- Work in a shift-based schedule within a 24X7 Security operations Center- Be able to work a schedule that encompasses minimally working a weekend day in addition to being available during off-hours as required

- Take ownership of, triage, and update tickets generated by a CRM ticketing system

- Respond to inbound phone and electronic requests for technical assistance with SecureWorks products

- Manage all customer situations in a professional and courteous business manner with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Assess and escalate to next level as needed

- Keep customers abreast of problem status, set clear expectations and provide timely follow-up to customers on a daily basis

- Meet service level agreements regarding response time and customer notification as it pertains to Dell SecureWorks’ Managed Security Services

- Respond to customer requests for assistance on the Dell SecureWorks portal in a timely manner

- Document all communications with customers and intradepartmental constituents related to outstanding technical issues in order to escalate to next level

- Utilize internal guidelines for effective call processing and escalation of reported problems

- Remotely assist with basic technical support related the management and monitoring of customer security devices; this support will include, but not be limited to, assisting customers with the replacement of defective security devices, setting up read-only accounts to 3rd party management consoles, modifying customer portal account views, etc

- Generate and update technical documentation as required.

- Demonstrate excellent communication and customer care skills by documenting all analysis work performed

- Manage, participate in, or directly work on any additional projects, assignments, or initiatives assigned by management

As a managed security provider, Dell SecureWorks expects its employees to understand and apply commonly known security practices and possess a working knowledge of applicable industry controls such as NIST 800-53.  Employees will be expected to acknowledge their security responsibilities in writing prior to gaining access to company systems.   Employees will be required to maintain a working knowledge of local security policies and execute general controls as assigned.


- Fluent in English and Japanese language

- 4-6 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience; undergraduate degree and 0-2 years of relevant experience

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, time management and organizational skills

- Basic understanding of intrusion detection, firewall operations, and other general security practices, Unix/Linux OS and computer network fundamentals

- Working knowledge/experience of network systems, security principles, and applications

- Knowledge of client service principles and commitment to client service 

- Knowledge of general software and internet applications


- Experience with a software company or ‘security’ specific previous role


Atlanta, GA

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With more than 100,000 team members globally, we promote an environment that is rooted in the entrepreneurial spirit in which the company was founded. Dell’s team members are committed to serving our communities, regularly volunteering for over 1,500 non-profit organizations. The company has also received many accolades from employer of choice to energy conservation. Our team members follow an open approach to technology innovation and believe that technology is essential for human success.

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Interested candidates can apply via the Dell job board. 


Technical Support Engineer - Japanese Speaking

Red Hat Jobs ~ Job ID: 40483
Raleigh, NC
Remote: No
Technical Support

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Company description

At Red Hat, we connect an innovative community of customers, partners, and contributors to deliver an open source stack of trusted, high-performing technologies that solve business problems. We’re a billion dollar S&P 500 company offering solutions from Linux to middleware, storage to cloud, together with award-winning global customer support, consulting, and implementation services.


Our engineering headquarters, located in Westford, MA, is where Red Hat software engineers collaborate on the development, implementation, and roadmap of our open source product portfolio.

Job summary

Our Global Support Services (GSS) team is seeking a highly skilled, Japanese-speaking Technical Support Engineer to provide dedicated phone and online support for our Japanese clients. In this role, you'll become an expert on Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and our storage and cloud solutions. You'll respond to support requests in Japanese, so an ability to communicate fluently is imperative.

Primary job responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to customers by taking incoming calls and responding to web-based inquiries
  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and develop solutions for customer issues
  • Exceed customer expectations with outstanding service
  • Develop relationships with in-house engineers and developers to reach creative solutions and improve customer satisfaction
  • Contribute to global Red Hat knowledge management system

Required skills

  • Demonstrated fluency in Japanese, both written and verbal, and excellent English language skills
  • 2+ years experience as a technical support or development engineer in an enterprise environment
  • Linux systems administration experience (installation, networking, firewall, security, clustering, web servers, and databases using Linux)
  • Excellent troubleshooting and debugging skills
  • A passion for problem solving and investigation
  • Quality customer service skills and prior help desk or customer-focused experience
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline, preferably in computer science; equivalent experience is also considered
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) or other Linux certification considered a huge plus, as you'll need to earn RHCE within 60 days of start


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