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(2011 / May / 8th; Osaka, Japan) 2011, Mar 11th Earthquake / tsunami / fukushima nuke disaster caused the flight of most foreigners from Tokyo (Kanto region). This was a big hit to our business. Had mass cancellations on one survey. Two other surveys did not take place, ending up being cancelled by the client.
Now cancelled gigs are bad enough. What really hurts, is the exodus of foreigners from Japan. Still waiting to know the full affects. Probably know after doing a few post-Earthquake surveys.
(2012 / Jan / 22nd; Tokyo, Japan) The number of paid gigs is on the rise. Took a hit from the 2011 Mar 11th earthquake, but business seems to have fully recovered.
Work with promoters both for the gigs. The promoters help to gather people when there is a new gig. And more importantly, they get paid for their efforts. Of course!! The amount the promoters have been paid is not shown.
The acceptence rate that i've been told is 80%. Which is very good. Meaning most people are accepted. Are we gonna take their word for it? Cough No! So the Latest and Past gig lists track the accepted vs. gathered ratio. From this we can surmise the actual acceptence rate.
When gigs occurs and when payment is made is also not shown in the listing. Look at the gig details if you're curious. See the dates is not what gets me hot. It's how much money has been spread around to both promoters and friends.
As the Japanese population goes down the only way to keep their current standard of living is either to increase productivity (fat chance) or increase population. The only way the population is gonna increase is through immigration. So Japanese gov't is really curious about the behavior of foreigners living in Japan. So expect lots of paid research on mostly silly things.
The surveys are usually two hours long and conducted within the Tokyo area. Nice and secure within the Yamanote line. Which i refer to as the foreigners safety zone. Anything outside best your going to get is convini food. Yuk!