Working at CAJ


  • We have been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. Your teaching experience at an accredited school will be recognized by future employers.


Arrival in Tokyo[edit]

  • New staff are to arrive by mid-August. CAJ will meet new staff directly hired by the school at the airport. Staff coming to Japan under a mission should make arrangements with their mission.


  • There are several English-speaking churches within commuting distance of the school. There are several Japanese churches within walking distance of the school.


  • Tokyo has mild winters, rarely getting snow, and hot, humid summers.


  • Much of the same style clothing available in western cultures can be purchased in Japan. Sizes are different, and larger sizes may be difficult to find.


  • CAJ sets up new staff with a school network account and e-mail.


  • CAJ uses Macintosh computers and iWorks (Pages, Numbers, Keynote).


  • All CAJ contracts are one-year contracts regardless of length of service


  • CAJ provides ¥280,000/month for full-time service.
  • Sample monthly expenses for a single:
    • Housing: ¥90,000
    • Utilities: ¥25,000 (electric, gas, water, phone)
    • Food: ¥50,000
  • Sample monthly expenses for a family of 4:
    • Housing: ¥150,000
    • Utilities: ¥34,000 (electric, gas, water, phone)
    • Food: ¥150,000


  • A range of Asian and Western foods is available in stores. Many favorite foreign foods are available through Costco and Foreign Buyers' Club, an import service.


  • Mission-supported staff secure housing through their mission. Mission-sponsored staff are encouraged to talk with their mission about housing. CAJ will assist non-mission supported staff with securing housing.


  • Further information is available by contacting


  • Christian Academy in Japan is located in Higashi Kurume, a growing northwestern suburb of Tokyo on the Seibu-Ikebukuro train line, 25 minutes from Ikebukuro Station in downtown Tokyo. The population of the city is approximately 110,000 persons, many of whom travel into Tokyo to work every day. About 1,000 foreigners live in the area. The school is located just a five-minute walk from the Higashi Kurume train station, in a residential neighborhood, with a small farm bordering the north side of the campus.


  • Some radio programs, TV programs, newspapers, and videos are available in English.

Medical care[edit]

  • General medications are available in pharmacies. Pharmacies are unable to fill US prescriptions. Staff use local doctors, dentists, optometrists, and hospitals. The CAJ nurse can provide suggestions and advice.

Professional development[edit]

  • CAJ encourages professional growth, provides staff inservice programs, and subscribes to professional publications. Workshops are available in the Tokyo area.


  • For expatriates, CAJ provides ¥280,000 per month, or ¥3.36 million per year. Expatriate staff are encouraged to join a mission and raise additional funds as necessary. All direct-hire staff with contracts of 75% or more are enrolled in Japanese health insurance and pension.

Sick days, personal/professional leave[edit]

  • Staff are granted up to 10 paid sick days per year, three paid personal days per year. Staff are expected to request absences at least two weeks in advance so that a substitute can be arranged. Requests not made prior to two weeks before the planned absence may not be granted.

Spiritual growth and accountability[edit]

  • As a school, CAJ provides opportunities for spiritual growth (staff devotions, weekly chapel). CAJ staff are expected to be spiritually accountable to a church and/or mission.


  • All staff must pay Japanese taxes. Forms with directions in English are available. Expatriate staff may also have to pay taxes in their home countries. US citizens, for example, have an $80,000 foreign earned income exclusion.

Things to bring[edit]

  • Many products are available in Japan, but new staff members bring comfortable shoes, cotton clothes for hot weather, favorite toys of children, and Christmas decorations, among other items. More information is given in our list of what to bring.
    • Personal items from home which would make your new place more ‘homey’
    • Electric blanket.
    • Some US medications are available here but are expensive. If you know a specific brand works best for you, you may want to bring it. Some OTC medications are available here, but if you bring them from home you’ll be able to read the labels. Also, find out how to get refills with your insurance (e.g., will a druggist mail it to you here in Japan? If not, will he mail it to a family member or friend who can then mail it to you?). Meds here may be different from what you take at home; plus, you would have to see a doctor here to get a prescription filled in a Japanese pharmacy.
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo is available but if you need a special kind, bring it
    • For women: larger size pantyhose and undergarments as these may not be available here.
    • Shoes: comfortable for walking. Slip-ons are more convenient. We keep our shoes on here at school but take them off before entering homes and some churches and restaurants. Larger size shoes, especially for men, are difficult to find.
    • Rain gear. We have two rainy seasons during the year.
    • Your personal music
    • Many UK/USA food items are now available here but if there are things you absolutely can’t live without during your term of service here, you may want to bring them.
    • Cotton clothes feel comfortable in the hot and humid Japanese summers.
    • Greeting cards in English are quite limited, but there are many lovely Japanese cards available. Bereavement and wedding gifts tend to be money in Japan, so those cards are difficult to find.
    • If you have children, bring their favorite toys.
    • Bring your favourite Chrsitmas decorations if they are important to you, but there is a good selection of basic decorations available in Japan.
    • Blow dryers will work here, but will run slower.
    • We have four distinct seasons - our winters are cold enough to need a good winter jacket/coat and gloves. Tokyo does not normally get much snow.
    • If in doubt, please ask!

Things not to bring[edit]

  • These items may either be trouble because they may not work as expected or Japanese equivalents are readily available.
    • Electric clock and anything electrical that contains a clock.
    • TV (TVs will work here if set on the “cable input” setting, not “broadcast.”)
    • Radio (frequencies are different here)
    • Business cards can be printed here at school. Please do not do your own.


  • Tokyo has excellent train and bus systems. CAJ is located a 5-minute walk from a train station. Bicycles are useful for getting around, going shopping, and going to church.

Tuition assistance[edit]

  • Families of CAJ staff receive tuition benefits, prorated on the percentage of a full-time contract that the parent serves at CAJ. For full-time staff, the tuition benefit is equivalent to 100% of all fees payable.