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Salary and Benefits

(Foreign Hire Faculty)


Initial contracts are for three years. After the initial contract, it is possible for a teacher to terminate employment at the end of any school year without prejudice, provided that proper notice is given.

Starting Salary

The starting base salary for new teachers is highly competitive among international schools. We have 16 steps on our three-band salary scale. All compensation is paid in Japanese yen, but any amount can be converted into US dollars or many other currencies with little difficulty.


An annual Housing Allowance is paid depending on family size and marital status. A one-time Relocation Allowance of ¥500,000 is paid upon arrival. Both allowances are on a one-per-family basis.

Transportation & Baggage

Initial travel is provided for a foreign-hire teacher and accompanying dependents from home-of-record to Tokyo. Beginning in the second year, for each year of employment a travel allowance between Tokyo and home-of record is provided to foreign-hire teachers, their spouses and up to two children who reside with them in Japan.

Shipment of household goods by land and sea (not air) is provided for foreign-hire teachers at the beginning of employment in the amount of 1,000 pounds per full-time teacher, 750 pounds for a non-teaching spouse and 250 pounds for up to two children who will reside with the teacher in Japan. Upon termination of employment these weights are increased based upon the number of years of service. Packing and unpacking service costs are also borne by the school.

Medical Benefits

Hospital and major medical coverage is provided as of August 1 with all premiums paid by the school. The policy has a $1,600 deductible. New teachers should maintain their own coverage through July 31 of the year in which they start employment at ASIJ. Dental coverage is also available with the cost of premiums shared equally by the school and the teacher.

Long-term disability insurance is also provided by the school. Life and personal liability insurance policies are arranged for purchase at a reasonable cost.


The school provides a retirement plan and contributes 8% of base salary in each of the first three years, 10% in years 4-7 and 13% thereafter. The school does not participate in US or Japanese social security. The retirement age at ASIJ is 65 years old.

Housing Assistance

In addition to the Housing Allowance above, the school provides assistance in locating and contracting housing near the school. Apartments or houses are small by American standards. A mix of Japanese and Western style rooms are common.


Sick Leave (10 days/year, may accumulate up to a max. of 60 days)
Professional Development Leave
Personal Leave (2 days, may accumulate up to a max. of 5 days)
Leave of Absence / Maternity Leave / Terminal Illness / Bereavement Leave

*Note the information here is only a brief summary, school personnel policies take precedence.


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