Some interesting chat on living in Japan as a foreigner after the talk about SMAP's Tsuyoshi Kusanagi being naked and drunk in a park...I got asked if I was Russian a couple of times in Japan.... Does it have a hidden meaning...?! :/
I agree. Japan really should introduce some sort of check on foreigners entering the country. Maybe something like how you apply for working holiday visas, or an application with references with CRB checks. That way, they can pick out the people who really do want to embrace the Japanese culture, and not some 'druggy douche-bags'.
And yes, ironically, I plan getting in through that 'sponsership system'. If not, Plan B is the JET programme, if that fails, than I'll try the Working Holiday Visa.
Yes, I think it might help too if they employed qualified English teachers instead of anybody off the street. Some of these people are being paid lots of money for a job they cant do but are being treated like royalty for it. It goes to their heads...Good luck with the sponsorship :)