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From the President…

President/Hiroko M.

AtoZ is a company which specializes in teaching a high standard of English and also offering a service to introduce foreign language teachers to local schools in the area.

Established in 1980, AtoZ is based in Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture with a branch office located in Okaya. Our highly skilled staff work with a wide range of ages, from children to adult learners. We also offer lessons to local companies and provide ALTs to nursery, elementary, junior high and senior high schools.

We currently employ over 50 foreign teachers from all over the world. Apart from English, we offer classes in Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean. We also offer cultural support to all our employees.

Thank you for your interest in AtoZ.
AtoZ is an equal opportunity employer and appreciates its staff for all their hard work.

Hiroko M.


What is an ALT?

An ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in theory is an assistant to the language teacher in the public school system. Some ALTs are asked to take lead roles in the class, others assist by the use of effective communicative activities geared to use the language by giving it purpose.

AtoZ is currently accepting applications from positive and motivated people looking to enter the Japanese educational system as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in the Nagano Prefecture.

AtoZ is a well-respected locally based company that specializes in supporting ALTs in the beautiful Nagano prefecture. We pride ourselves on our friendly and honest working environment and currently employ over 40 teachers from 8 different countries. If you are wanting to experience Japanese life and like the nature or outdoor activities, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking then these positions may be for you. The positions are full-time Senior High, Junior High, Elementary, or Nursery School posts; Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 – 17:00.

As an ALT you will be expected to provide a positive environment for learning English, whilst bringing the language out of the text and into life. Full-training will be provided.

ALT experience in Japan, teaching experience, experience interacting with children, teaching certification, driving license holders preferred but not strictly necessary. Japanese language abilities are advantageous but a friendly, positive and open minded attitude is a must!

AtoZ provides the following benefits:

*Visa sponsorship
*Fully paid spring, summer, winter, and other national and school holidays
*10 days paid leave
*Optional subsidized accommodation through the town’s Board of Education
*Fridge, washing machine, gas range cooker and heater
*Full training
*24hr lifestyle and emergency support
*Networks and events with other ALTs and people from the community


*Native speaker of English
*Eligible for the “Instructor” visa issued by Ministry of Justice, Government of Japan
*Educated for 12 years with English being the medium of instruction
*Graduated from university or acquired an education equivalent to it
*Able to fulfill a one+ year contract

*Experienced in teaching English as the foreign language
*Holds teaching certificate(s)
*Basic Japanese ability and willing to learn more
*Drivers’ license (Japanese or able to convert)

Please apply by clicking on the icon on the upper right side of this page.
Only successful applicants will be contacted. We look forward to receiving your application.