Mercari, Japan’s most popular marketplace app, has opened two new positions: Software Engineer, Backend/Foundation, and Software Engineer, Machine Learning & Search, in addition to five other positions that they’re still recruiting for. Starting in September, Mercari officially switched to supporting the choice between working fully remotely, and working at the office. They are open to overseas candidates looking to relocate to Japan.

For people already in Japan, Appier’s Japan office has just opened a position for a DevOps/QA Engineer. This position involves developing automation for service operation and testing, and creating testing plans for systems such as high-traffic distributed systems, machine learning algorithms, big data platforms, and frontend systems.

TenTen had previously been restricting their Server-Side Engineer position to people already based in Japan, but they’ve opened it up to people who want to work remotely from their home country too. Once borders open, this could lead to an opportunity to relocate to Japan.

In personal news, people following my story may know that besides TokyoDev, I also founded Doorkeeper, an event management platform that got pretty popular in Japan. More than ten years after I helped launch it, I’ve sold my stake in it. TokyoDev is now the sole business I’m involved in, and so I’m looking for opportunities to improve it. Is there anything I can be doing better with it? I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at

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Paul is a Canadian software developer who has been living in Japan since 2006. Since 2011 he’s been helping other developers start and grow their careers in Japan through TokyoDev.

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