Emigrate to Japan or Taiwan

Planing to move from germonies to either Taiwan or Japan with wife and daughter, just turned 30.

Been in the military for 12 years straight after shool, I spent the majority of my service in the specialized forces of the mountain infantry and the last 3 years as an instructor in basic training consequently, I do not possess any civilian marketable qualifications.

My plan is to obtain various fitness and trainer licenses in germany and Taiwan or Japan and work in this field. I do have some military fitness-related licenses, although I do not expect them to be recognized, but they might be helpful.

What do you think of my idea and my chances of successfully emigrating with this plan? Do you have any additional ideas for job opportunities? (Side note: My employer will continue to pay my salary for 4 years, which makes emigrating in this regard much easier and could facilitate educational paths that initially wouldn't generate income)
Additionally, I hold both British and German citizenship, if that helps. My wife has two completed medical certifications.

Japan is a dream, but we consider Taiwan more realistic due to easier immigration regulations and lower cost of living. Moreover, the country is more Westernized, and there are fewer issues with tattoos (Covered in them from head to toe - sadly, but I thought my twenties would never end back then, lol)

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    You won't get a japanese visa with that background no matter what. Your "military fitness-related licenses" are a joke everywhere.
    Even in Taiwan you will get a hard time. Lower your expectations, you are unemployable abroad with those skills.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      It appears that you have a somewhat lower level of reading comprehension and the ability to extract important information and draw appropriate conclusions. Is the overall intellectual level here comparable to yours? I was advised to seek advice on SighSee, but your contribution does not seem to hold promising prospects for valuable insights.

      Taiwan is about to be China so not there

      What is your opinion, what are the chances of that happening, and what will be the consequences of it?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        No need to be so salty, looks like you barely researched about it and you are very naive about the absolute nightmare that japanese immigration visas and requirements are. I just want to show you the hard reality before you hit a wall before you waste too much money and time. Let's be clear, No japanese working visa for you if you are not from IT (and you are fricking good) or education (and you are fricking good again, English teachers barely survive in Japan). Period.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm sorry if it seemed like I was attacking you; that wasn't my intent. It just felt like you only half-read my post. I'm in the process of gathering as much info as possible on both countries to make the best choice for me and my family. I'm aware that Japan is the tougher option, but I'm still hoping something will work out for moving there.

          I don't agree that my long time in a special forces unit as a military leader doesn't add value, especially when it comes to leadership and fitness. Immigration can't be just about IT. Both Japan and Taiwan have security sectors, and they're international places that would probably welcome someone with my background. Japan also has a big fitness scene, so a German ex-military guy with lots of certs and bodybuilding experience would probably fit in. Your post felt rushed and dismissive, which is why I felt attacked.

          I see lots of opportunities, especially since I'll be financially independent for the first four years. And I'm not moving alone; my wife has training in two well-regarded medical fields. Just one of us needs to get a work visa to start.

          I know it's going to be a tough journey, but I think the risks and effort are worth it to leave my current situation.

          >I do not possess any civilian marketable qualifications.
          then you're not moving to either
          only way to move to either country is to have a Bachelor's degree and teach English
          STEMgays are deluded thinking that they can move there as well but reality is that a Jap or Taiwanese company will never hire a foreigner for something a local will do for half the pay.
          At best, if you have govt translator level qualifications you could do some sidegig work as a translator, but that doesnt get you a visa to live in either country.
          your best hope is to spend 10-15 years ass kissing in some company in the US that has ties to one of those 2 countries and hope that you suck enough corporate dick that you can convince them to transfer you.

          See above. Just because I don't have a civilian-applicable education at the moment doesn't mean I won't pursue one. Whether it will be before emigrating or directly on-site, I don't know, I’ll consider doing it there as the better option, since I can use every day for networking already. ACE, NASM, CSCS and maybe ASCM just to name a few, I’m going to obtain. I'll have the time to do it, thanks to the financial independence I mentioned.
          I never said or intended to stay only on a military level.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            You should stay in AmeriBlack person land. Stop spreading your filthy genes

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I don't agree that my long time in a special forces unit as a military leader doesn't add value
            It doesn't.
            Also I give up. Dyor and you will see it by yourself eventually. Good luck.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            Why dont you apply for a defense contractor Like Booze Allen Hamilton or some shit that has offices in other countries. That might make it easier. When I was in grad school an advisor of mine for a project was the head of BAH in South Korea and they liked to hire vets I believe.

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              >Booze Allen Hamilton
              Just took a look and seems interesting, but heavily focused on US Military + IT

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >my wife has training in two well-regarded medical fields.
            Does she speak Mandarin? Is she fluent enough to talk with patients? If not, she isn't going to get hired for anything patient-facing. If she's a professor, she might have a chance at some of the medical schools, but it's not likely.

            Nobody in Japan or Taiwan would hire a fitness trainer covered in tattoos dude

            >tattoos
            Taiwanese won't care about them. A ridiculous amount of young people there get them.

            There's only one realistic option and that is to buy your way in.
            Taiwan will give you residency if you pay them enough such as buying government bonds or buying stocks from local companies.
            Another option is starting your own business.
            I don't know if this is an option in Japan, but I'm sure a similar way exists.
            The only difficult part if you have the money is dealing with all the paperwork, but then again if you have money then you can just pay an accountant to deal with all of this for you.

            Forget about TEFL because of your tattoos and forget about going to university to get a degree because you'll be competing against young local fresh graduates who are a much better option than you.

            >buy your way in.
            I haven't heard of buying bonds or stocks as a way to get in. Buying property was and probably still is -- but you would have to be moronic to buy property in Taiwan. The condo I rented for (prices converted from TWD to USD for readability) US$675/mo was priced for sale at US$600,000. It was a small loft-type unit in a modern elevator building. IIRC the property has to be worth a minimum of around US$300,000.

            Starting your own business to get a visa, you need to invest US$200,000 minimum, and the government has to approve the business type. Also, you have to be able to generate something like $100,000 in revenue annually, even in the first year, to be able to keep the visa.

            >pay an accountant
            This is going to be a legal requirement anyway. There is no "I'll just keep my own books" option.

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              Ex-Taiwan-expat here. I strongly recommend against moving there. The food supply in Taiwan is so contaminated that it will ruin your kidneys. Scumbags switch out food products for industrial chemicals because they can make 1000% profit on the cheap shit they dump in. For example, one butthole sold a plasticizer and labeled it "palm oil". He did this for literally decades, made millions of dollars in profits, and when a private company discovered this and outed him, (1) the national government fined him $1000, and (2) a county government shut down the private company's testing laboratory, saying they didn't have the right license to do food testing in that county. Why? Because the politicians are in on it. They get kickbacks from the criminal scum who do this shit.

              Taiwan has the highest kidney cancer rates and percentage of dialysis patients in the world because of shit like this. If you move your kid there you should be imprisoned for child abuse.

              As far as your "be a personal trainer" plan goes, I've heard worse, but realistically you won't get far with that. If you don't speak Mandarin, you won't be able to get customers, because I'd say at least 95% of Taiwan's population can't speak English or German at a level sufficient to talk with you.

              >Teach English
              Not an option for OP since his passport is from Germany, which is not one of the approved countries for ESL teachers. There is a small market for teaching German, mostly to people interested in studying law abroad -- Taiwan's legal system was derived from Germany's.

              >STEMgays are deluded
              English-speaking STEMgays have an easy time getting work there -- especially in the patent industry. Taiwanese patent law firms will train you in patent drafting from the ground up if you have a STEM degree. Taiwanese companies also hire foreign engineers, but the pay isn't comparable to what you can get in the U.S. or Europe. However, taxes and cost of living mean you can save far more.

              Well, thanks for the insightful information; it was really helpful. So, I believe Taiwan may not be a viable option. Japan seems to be left, but given how challenging it is to emigrate there, I dont know. What about Hong Kong? There is a substantial German presence, and a strong German network exists. The downside is the high cost of living and rent, but one could potentially do visa hopping until securing a job, lol.

              How about Korea? Are there any other Asian countries similar to Japan? Malaysia offers the Malaysia Second Home program for Germans looking to emigrate effortlessly, but I'm not entirely sure about living in a Muslim-majority country.

              I have a job offer from a friend who owns a company in Singapore. He would sponsor me for a visa as a UI/UX Designer, even though I have limited experience in that field. He believes I can learn the necessary skills, but I cant code for shit.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Singapore
                >He would sponsor me for a visa as a UI/UX Designer
                >even though I have limited experience in that field
                >but I cant code for shit.
                >white collar job

                https://www.mom.gov.sg/eservices/services/employment-s-pass-self-assessment-tool
                Answer this assessment tool truthfully, betting you will fail, again, because a. you lack experience and b. you lack a degree.
                Every rich country out there at a minimum requires a related degree or multiple years of related work experience to get a white collar type of visa.
                Doesn't matter if a company is willing to pay you millions or if your friend hires you. The degree or the work experience is a requirement.

                t. worked in Singapore, Taipei, and now working in Tokyo

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                With your quals, you won't get your foot through the door in Asia. Best bet is to get into a trade school of which Germany has many excellent ones. Then use your EU passport to move to rural Austria and work for the next 30 years installing solar panels, fixing ACs, or driving forklifts.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >seeking advice from a pissboard

        I hope your daughter dies before you

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >what are the chances of that happening
        You have three years probably. The outcome will just be it falls under Chinese rule

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Taiwan is about to be China so not there

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I do not possess any civilian marketable qualifications.
    then you're not moving to either
    only way to move to either country is to have a Bachelor's degree and teach English
    STEMgays are deluded thinking that they can move there as well but reality is that a Jap or Taiwanese company will never hire a foreigner for something a local will do for half the pay.
    At best, if you have govt translator level qualifications you could do some sidegig work as a translator, but that doesnt get you a visa to live in either country.
    your best hope is to spend 10-15 years ass kissing in some company in the US that has ties to one of those 2 countries and hope that you suck enough corporate dick that you can convince them to transfer you.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ex-Taiwan-expat here. I strongly recommend against moving there. The food supply in Taiwan is so contaminated that it will ruin your kidneys. Scumbags switch out food products for industrial chemicals because they can make 1000% profit on the cheap shit they dump in. For example, one butthole sold a plasticizer and labeled it "palm oil". He did this for literally decades, made millions of dollars in profits, and when a private company discovered this and outed him, (1) the national government fined him $1000, and (2) a county government shut down the private company's testing laboratory, saying they didn't have the right license to do food testing in that county. Why? Because the politicians are in on it. They get kickbacks from the criminal scum who do this shit.

      Taiwan has the highest kidney cancer rates and percentage of dialysis patients in the world because of shit like this. If you move your kid there you should be imprisoned for child abuse.

      As far as your "be a personal trainer" plan goes, I've heard worse, but realistically you won't get far with that. If you don't speak Mandarin, you won't be able to get customers, because I'd say at least 95% of Taiwan's population can't speak English or German at a level sufficient to talk with you.

      >Teach English
      Not an option for OP since his passport is from Germany, which is not one of the approved countries for ESL teachers. There is a small market for teaching German, mostly to people interested in studying law abroad -- Taiwan's legal system was derived from Germany's.

      >STEMgays are deluded
      English-speaking STEMgays have an easy time getting work there -- especially in the patent industry. Taiwanese patent law firms will train you in patent drafting from the ground up if you have a STEM degree. Taiwanese companies also hire foreign engineers, but the pay isn't comparable to what you can get in the U.S. or Europe. However, taxes and cost of living mean you can save far more.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        is taiwan worse than china on the matter of poisoning?

        I suspect that this happens in every asian country that is not korea and japan, but the other countries simply don't have the testing capacity to diagnose such problems when it happens. people just die. thailand is starting to be the exception, their medical services are pretty good.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          >is taiwan worse than china on the matter of poisoning?
          Probably not, but it's seriously bad anyway, and the government enables the whole mess by failing to impose any serious punishments on the people who do it. Literally a $1000 fine after a guy made millions in profits, and after he paid the fine he went straight back to doing the same shit.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        they tend to live pretty long. so, not to discount the kidney damage or anything, but could it really be that much worse than other countries? my initial suspicion is that unlike other countries, they just actually manage to report the food contamination.

        covid should have been an indication to any westerner that any attempt to criticize the government or pharma industry basically gets you thrown in prison

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          >my initial suspicion is that unlike other countries, they just actually manage to report the food contamination.
          LOLNO. Go ahead and live there for a while, and when your kidneys shut down on you, you'll know.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            are you denying this stuff doesn't happen in america and europe? it certainly does. the scale is probably less, I'll grant you that. but they still live longer than westerners. so on net the pollution might be slightly more or comparable

            I mean, have you seen americans? they are born with autism, metabolic mutations, you name it.

            do you have any links about how widespread this is?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        > Taiwan has the highest kidney cancer rates and percentage of dialysis patients in the world

        Don’t be moronic, anon. Post your sources
        https://www.wcrf.org/cancer-trends/kidney-cancer-statistics/

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Screw both and move to Korea

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Never considered Korea as an option. Why do you think it would be the better choice? I have next to no knowledge about Korea beside everyone is getting plastic surgery for whatever reason.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        DYOR

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >he spent his time fighting for Israel instead of getting a valid degree that would let him travel the world
    You deserve this for being a cuckold mutt homosexual. Neither Japan nor Taiwan will let you stay there permanently unless you have an actual degree.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s kinda what it feels like to me. That’s the reason I did quit and not signed the contract to another 14 years.
      Very frustrating to be honest, every shitskin can come into my country illegally (hell, even if they are caught with forged documents at our embassy abroad, our Minister of the Interior PERSONALLY intervenes and even has these people flown in by plane.)
      They get EVERYTHING for free, a family with a child gets and equivalent of 2800€ withs free rent ON TOP - IF THEY CAME HERE ILLEGALLY. If they have more like 3 children, they get a fricking house for free. I just can’t do this any longer, I HAVE to get out of here. And seeing what is going on here and what problems I face if I try to move to another country is just unbelievable.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >more than 3 children

        That’s what Hitler did but inversed for whites. If the white german family has more than 4 children, their mortgage is paid

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I hate worthless immigrants so Imma be a worthless immigrant
        There must be some better reason why you want to move your whole family to asia.

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    You have no skills that japan or taiwan wants/need. it sounds like your a lbh military trash. nobody will sponsor a workout visa or whatever you're saying.
    if you actually wanna go this route, your gonna have to do A LOT more research other than making threads on SighSee.
    the only option i see is maybe be a german teacher.

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >My plan is to obtain various fitness and trainer licenses in germany and Taiwan or Japan and work in this field.

    0% in Japan. No work-based visa covers this.
    Which you already got told.

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nobody in Japan or Taiwan would hire a fitness trainer covered in tattoos dude

  9. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's only one realistic option and that is to buy your way in.
    Taiwan will give you residency if you pay them enough such as buying government bonds or buying stocks from local companies.
    Another option is starting your own business.
    I don't know if this is an option in Japan, but I'm sure a similar way exists.
    The only difficult part if you have the money is dealing with all the paperwork, but then again if you have money then you can just pay an accountant to deal with all of this for you.

    Forget about TEFL because of your tattoos and forget about going to university to get a degree because you'll be competing against young local fresh graduates who are a much better option than you.

  10. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go work base security via skillbridge.

  11. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    no,I'm not welcomed there and I'm FINE with not being welcomed there

  12. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Best shot you have is getting a student visa and getting accepted to a uni there. If you can get creative you may be able to market your personal Trainer skills into an entertainment visa. Your resume is in military but you are reluctant to do military contracting work idk dude, can’t have your cake and eat it too. Indonesia May be an easier entry

  13. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Germany is pretty kino idk what your problem is.

  14. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    you probably haven't even visited either and yet you want to ask such a stupid question?

  15. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    US intelligence agencies expect Taiwan to be invaded within the next 4-5 years. Keep that in mind.

    Physical fitness isn't really a thing in east asia like it is in the west. Maybe you could land a few high paying clients who would hire you cause you BIG STRONGU HWITE BOY but that's really questionable. Also not speaking the language would be a big issue if you are trying to be a physical trainer, further limits your potential clientele to English speakers. Tattoos would be a major issue in Japanese gyms.

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