At first I was supposed to just coordinate their efforts along with the Canadian office, but because they weren't doing a very good job, I naturally began giving them directions. I had lots of skype conference with them, and little by little I wanted to go and work in Japan for a while. It helped that I knew Japanese(and Chinese).
I requested a skype call with the Managing Director of EA Japan. This was kind of nerve wracking as Managing Directors are basically CEO for the sub-branches. During the skype call, he called me arrogant(not in a bad way, in a sort of "you're too young to understand" way). That was kind of fun. He continued to tell me that there was no position open at EA Japan office, so he'd refer me to Head hunters to help me get hired somewhere. That was good, very good indeed.
After I resigned from EA, I stayed in Tokyo for 2 weeks for interviews(paid entirely by one of the companies). This time was great. I met up with a lot of people from the industry and had conversations over lunch/dinners with them. Of the 4 companies I interviewed for, I got 4 offers(+ an extra verbal one from another company). Result was great.
Some fun stuff that happened while interviewing in Japan
-One of the interviews was with a COO from a social game company. He used to work for Apple and Konami. He wanted to interview me informally at a local coffee shop. I got there like 20 minutes early, so wanting to look a little classy, I ordered a Mojito(they serve liquor everywhere in Japan) and drank that at 3PM afternoon. I think that was the first thing the guy noticed when he met me. We had a good 2 hour chat(was supposed to be 1 I think), and in the end I appealed well enough that he actually paid for my first Mojito and bought me a second one before he left. I ended up getting this job.
-There was an interview with a startup social game company. The first interview was at the lobby of the building, and not in their office(it might've not had enough space? They were expanding a lot, so had more people than space). First interviewer was nice, and our hobbies really matched(omg he likes Legend of Galactic Heroes!). We chatted for 1 hour or so, and told me that he'll let me know about the result later on. I told him I was going back to Canada the next week, so he brought me into their office right away for a second interview with another Game Director(ex SEGA). He asked me "Why do you want to work for us?" I answered "Because you're website was designed in 8 bit.". He loved the answer. I passed the second round(after 2 hours of interviews, I was really thirsty so I asked for water but apparently they ran out... lol). At this point I was starting to get a little uncomfortable because I was really thirsty, but immediately after the second interview, they brought in the CEO for the finally interview. This one was kind of easy as it's really just a "do you have any final questions?" type interview. One thing that I curiously asked was, "Who do you think will win? GREE or DeNA?". This CEO used to be an DeNA employee but he was objective in his opinion. He said "I know I used to work for DeNA, but because they've diversified their business more, they're less likely to fail than GREE, who just has 1 business model."
It irritated me when he said that. He used some business-y words but really all he said was "DeNA does more things than games. GREE only does games. If games fail, GREE will fail but DeNA won't". It's like he told me "If you cut off someone's legs, they can't walk". Well no fucking shit... Anyways I countered his answer by saying "Yes, I understand that, but what I'm thinking is that there's definitely someone in GREE who's 'smarter' than both you or I. And that person is smart enough to understand that too. So what I'm asking is, with the expectation that GREE will diversify into another route(calculating whatever that route may be), who do you think will win?". He looked pretty red faced, and didn't have much of an answer. Later he walked me to the door and bowed as we said good bye. I ended up getting the job offer. lmao.