Getting your visa renewed in Japan under shifting sands.

This is another one in my Japan visa renewal series.

As it stands, my time to remain in Japan is up in the middle of next month. I had submitted my application to Shinagawa in early September, based on the following items:

1) employment with a dispatch agency, which is now telling me I am not their employee until they find an assignment worth acknowledging that I am;

2) freelance English teaching, which I don’t think will have the weight to support a renewal;

3) my earlier work for an IBM subsidiary which is the subject of the EEOC administrative charge regular readers know about.

I decline to discuss that last one too much, because the government investigator says that the EEO office in New York city has been working on it . (This has gone on for two years as of this week.) Additionally, it may be a news article back home in the future. I have started to talk to press contacts over the summer that I initially made in 2009, and I am told by one that once something breaks, it would be a good article. I assume the “break” is if the administrative charge is unsuccessful.

My feeling is that, unless something comes along to allow for a more “traditional” renewal (a basic English teaching job with set hours, for example), then I am going back home. This is sad and unfortunate, but frankly, it’s also how Japan works. I think the problem the government has here is that they just expect every expat who gets screwed in one way or another to disappear, back in their home country. Well, I don’t intend to, of course. And with the continuing or lingering EEOC matter, simply leaving Japan wouldn’t force me to leave behind claims for the bad things that were done to me in corporate employment.