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thecigarman  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 21, 2022 4:56:39 PM(UTC)
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Hello,

I need assistances regarding a career move.

It goes like this:

Currently Stationed in Hawaii as a GS-12 Step 3 ($87,715 includes locality pay) there is a position in Misawa, Japan to do exactly what I do now (a little bit more responsibilities but not much) but as a GS-13 Step 1 (81,216 Only Base pay due to being overseas)

What exactly am I looking at as to PROS and CONS? What are the benefits?

Can I negotiate my steps even though I'm going from GS-12 Step 3 to GS-13?

I have to minor children, how does health insurance work?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

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frankgonzalez  
#2 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 3:53:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: thecigarman Go to Quoted Post
Hello,

I need assistances regarding a career move.

It goes like this:

Currently Stationed in Hawaii as a GS-12 Step 3 ($87,715 includes locality pay) there is a position in Misawa, Japan to do exactly what I do now (a little bit more responsibilities but not much) but as a GS-13 Step 1 (81,216 Only Base pay due to being overseas)

What exactly am I looking at as to PROS and CONS? What are the benefits?

Can I negotiate my steps even though I'm going from GS-12 Step 3 to GS-13?

I have to minor children, how does health insurance work?

Any assistance would be appreciated.
No negotiation on steps. Standard promotion rules apply.

Plus side is LQA...the housing allowance. While your pay goes down (thanks to no locality pay), your disposable income should increase as you no longer need to pay rent, utilities etc (if you are smart and stay within your LQA limits which are pretty healthy to start with). You should also get COLA, but this is variable and shouldn't be relied upon.

Also, after 52 weeks you'd be eligible for GS14 positions (so either local to Misawa or when you are due to return to the US, you can apply to 14s vs using your return rights back to a GS12 position.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
someoldguy  
#3 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 4:56:52 AM(UTC)
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Look into the COLA, it used to be significant for Japan.
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GWPDA  
#4 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:29:24 AM(UTC)
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DOD Civilian access to the commissary at Misawa AB.
thecigarman  
#5 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:28:47 PM(UTC)
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Thank you for the insight.

What about paying taxes? Will my Salary be taxed by Japan Government?
RVRGRL  
#6 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:48:12 PM(UTC)
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Kids would go to US (DoDEA) schools. Worth going, though people tend to get discouraged with the on-hand need of cash at first (car, rental home deposits, cash for temp lodging until you can get reimbursed).

I say go! Promotion and GS14 opportunities later is a great way to continue forward--especially leaving such a HCOL area. And (assuming you're DoD), having the safety net of return rights helps.

You'll pay US taxes, you would have SOFA status. Spouse should get spousal preference on US gov jobs (once you're in the seat).
DaVinci95  
#7 Posted : Thursday, September 22, 2022 9:13:38 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: thecigarman Go to Quoted Post
Thank you for the insight.

What about paying taxes? Will my Salary be taxed by Japan Government?


No, Japan won’t tax your salary. But depending on where you are coming from you may still have to pay state taxes.
thecigarman  
#8 Posted : Friday, September 23, 2022 10:09:07 AM(UTC)
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Last question,

I drive a significant large vehicle (2015 Chevy Silverado) From what I have researched taking such a large vehicle will be a bad idea due to the high cost of converting into Japan emission standards not to mention the steering wheel being on the opposite side.

In this regards, I would have to sell my paid off POV. Will this be the case?

kindly,

Tony
DaVinci95  
#9 Posted : Saturday, September 24, 2022 2:33:49 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: thecigarman Go to Quoted Post
Last question,

I drive a significant large vehicle (2015 Chevy Silverado) From what I have researched taking such a large vehicle will be a bad idea due to the high cost of converting into Japan emission standards not to mention the steering wheel being on the opposite side.

In this regards, I would have to sell my paid off POV. Will this be the case?

kindly,

Tony


You won't be allowed to ship a car as part of your PCS. You may be able to import it privately, but it will be costly and might have to be modified to meet Japan automobile safety requirements. And yes, such a large vehicle can be problematic on Japan's narrow roads. There are cheap used cars for sale at all the bases. You don't necessarily have to sell your vehicle if you can find someone to take care of it. Our first tour we stored one of our vehicles at my father's house. This time we put one in a storage unit near our daughter, and she goes over once a month to start it up and drive it around. You'll still have to pay taxes and insurance, but you won't have to buy another vehicle when you return to the States.
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