The Content Developers of Japan (CODE-J) is a more technical group than the Tokyo PC Users’ Group, focused on software development. They have a mailing list; the member are mostly people who are working in software development in Japan. Here’s their mission statement:

To provide a forum, both online and off-line, where content creators (professional and amateur) can exchange ideas, development strategies and can network on both professional and social levels. Members will also be able to give each other tips and advice about how to use content development software and tools.

This is probably a good place to pick up inside information on the shape of the industry. This is always helpful for the job-hunter.

They have not held a meeting since 2002, but I think the mailing list and organisation are still operating.

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6 comments on “CODE-J”

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    Rami said (21 May 2006 at 5:06 pm)

    Dear ..
    i have a Computer science ” bachelor’s degree” and have a microsoft certificates like (( MCSE, MCP , MCSA )) and CISCO certificates like (( CCNA ))
    and Linux certified.
    and 3 years of experience in administration and networks.
    speaking English and good japanese.

    as my qualifications !! can i find a job in japan ??????????

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    Jessie E. Datur said (3 February 2008 at 8:46 pm)

    Dear Readers,
    This message is based on my experience of 18 years in Japan.I’ve lived like an ordinary Japanese including manners & etiquette.Foreigners mistook me for a Japanese national because of my facial look. I thought I could reached as far as 60 yrs. old before the immigration officer will finally apprehend me and my brother Jerry. My brother and I voluntarily surrendered to the immigration bureau in Tokyo but was caught by the policeman before reaching the office.At the Tokyo underpass near the train station has a lot of KOBAN (police outpost).It was a big chance for a Japanese police to apprehend us because we already showed up, no overstaying foreigner will ever dare to pass by the KOBAN if they’re not ready to surrender to the immigration authorities.I guess you understand what I mean, we showed up because we are voluntarily surrendering.
    Our period of stay in Japan can be considered an honest one because we haven’t violated any criminal offense except of being a overstaying foreigner. Beside we have helped a lot small businesses run by smalltime businessmen who can not afford of paying Japanese workers of the salary desired.The bottom line is, we have contributed to their economy by giving them our skills in the field.I was 54 and my brother was 50 yrs. old when we were caught.No regrets but asking help from the immigration bureau to give us VISA to re-enter Japan as contract workers. Our experience and Japanese language familiarity will be a good example of would be contract workers. Especially our society standing while we live in Japan, we did not engaged in any crime violation. Please help us retain the work we had before because Philippines is currently having economic crisis.
    I am Jessie E. Datur and was deported last April 4, 2007. As of now I can’t find work to support my family. In Japan I can operate forklift, work in construction, food factory, vegetable wholesaler, food processing etc.
    Hoping you can help us find a working visa. My contact no. +632 8084124 +639286673925.
    Sincerely yours,
    Jessie E. Datur
    Jerry E. Datur

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