Welcome to Merrys’ employment page. My name is Ian Hitcham and together with my wife Yuko I run Merry England Co.,Ltd. The following information will hopefully help you to get a better picture of what Merry England is about. Should you have further questions after reading please feel free to ask.

About the School

Merry England has been in business for over 27 years. We have been teaching English for over 29 years. We are based in Matsusaka, Mie ken, Japan, where we have two locations. At present we have about 600 students, seven native teaching staff and nine Japanese staff. We also run very popular cafes at each location and an English antique shop at our main location. We have our own study abroad program based in Sydney, Australia. We have various other study abroad programs and offer homestay experiences in England.


Our main aim is to supply quality lessons in a fun and very friendly manner whilst maintaining a very high level of professionalism and service (Always with a smile and a warm welcome). In line with our objective, we believe in giving students what they want and need from their lessons. We believe most of the time they want to learn English while enjoying themselves. We strive to give them this. We often customize the content of our curriculum to meet the students’ needs. We intend this school to be, not only a good place to study, but a good place to spend time. In our cafe customers can simultaneously enjoy a Western-style atmosphere and a little escape from Japanese life. We aim to make this a great place to work too. We encourage our staff to grow and challenge themselves to achieve more during their time here. Great place to work + Great staff = Great place to study = Success.

Lesson Style

Our lessons are fun and full of energy. Our very flexible curriculum is being constantly updated and improved. All the teaching staff are involved in this ongoing curriculum development. We try very hard to stay away from the open your textbook where you left off type of teaching. We teach phonics and use a lot of role play and real-life situation skits in our lessons. Our focus is on conversational English that will help our students in real life. The kids' lessons involve lots of movement, role playing, singing and fun. We have three basic class types: adult classes (up to ten people), group lessons (up to 6 students), including our kids’ classes, and adult one on one lessons. Adult lessons are for an hour and kids' lessons last 45 minutes. Our students generally come once per week (four times a month).


Merry England is in Matsusaka city in Mie prefecture. Check out our "About us" page to find us on a map. Matsusaka has a population of 125,000. The city is located between Tsu city and Ise city and is about an hour and a half away from Nagoya. The city is close to some very nice beaches and beautiful mountain ranges. It is a small rural city with a friendly atmosphere and all the usual amenities. Matsusaka has an unusually large selection of restaurants and some good shopping malls. It is very central and easy to travel from to almost all of the major cities. Matsusaka City website (Japanese only)

Teacher duties

TThe teachers are required to teach English conversation to students aged three and up, including adults. Class size ranges from one on one to up to ten students. Kids' classes have up to six students. Our classes are taught without textbooks and involve a lot of role play, phonics and functional English. Kid's lessons are taught in a lively, fun, "get up and go" manner. The teachers are also very involved in the continual improvement of our curriculum and teaching methods. Teacher input is a vital part of our team approach to improvement. The teachers are also involved in various ongoing projects during their time with us. These projects may include things like making multimedia, video content, or other teaching aids for student use.

Working Hours and Holidays

The teachers work a basic forty hour week with about 25-30 teaching hours (eight hour working days). Working times vary but will include evening and Saturday working. Lesson are all one hour long except for the kids lessons which last 45 minutes. Hoildays are two days a week (generally Sunday-Monday) at least a week each over Obon (summer) and New Year and three days over Golden week. Our school is open over other public holidays. Five days paid holiday are available over the course of the first year's contract. Other holidays are negotiable on a give and take basis.

Salary and benefits

Fully furnished accommodation will be provided for the teacher at a rent of ¥45,000 per month. The accommodations are of a generous size fully furnished and in a good locations. The use of a company car is also provided free of charge. The base salary starts at ¥250,000 and is up to ¥285,000 per month, depending on experience and qualifications. The one-year contract is renewable based on mutual desire. Visa sponsorship is available where necessary. Futher benefits include the chance to work with a great team and in a company with a no-nonsense approach to management and straight forward management style.


If you are interested in applying for the available position please furnish us with the following information. You may send it either by email to jobs@merryengland.com or by regular mail to the address below:

Merry England Co.,Ltd.
10-3 Nyudera cho Matsusaka city
Mie Ken 515-0832

  1. A current full resume (Indicating all passed employment/education).
  2. including: a. Do you hold a driving license? b. Your current visa status if any.
  3. A brief personal history indicating hobbies, passions etc.
  4. A current photograph.
  5. Your thoughts on ESL/EFL education.
  6. A brief prose on why you want to live and work in Japan.
  7. A brief prose on what makes you or why do you think you would make a great teacher.
  8. Why you would like to work at Merry England.
  9. Please indicate if you would be coming to Matsusaka alone.
  10. Earliest date of availability.
We look forward to hearing from you.