Hello! My name is Chris Gebhardt.
I joined VisasQ on July 1st, 2021. I have been living in Japan for over 10 years and have been a web developer for about 5 years.

What does that mean?
In this article, I would like to introduce my rather unusual background.



Student days in Japan 学生時代のクリスさん


・35 years old
・From Torrance, California
・Father is American, Mother is Japanese
・Married, with 2 kids (4 year old boy and 1 year old girl)

2007- Study abroad at a university in Japan

2009- Went to graduate school in the U.S. to study accounting
2011- First job after graduating was for an accounting firm in Japan so I was able to go back to Japan.

I have been exposed to Japanese culture from an early age, as my mother is Japanese and I grew up in a city with one of the largest Japanese populations in the U.S. Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted a chance to live in Japan and when I was in college, I learned of my university’s study abroad program and jumped at the chance to study in Japan.

My image of Japan when I was young was mostly just Tokyo, specifically Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara, etc. When I went to Japan for the first time, I enjoyed walking around those areas and going into the different shops there. Since moving to Japan, I enjoy going to other places beside Tokyo like Kyoto, Hokkaido, and Okinawa.

2015 - Study programming and career change

After a couple of jobs in the accounting industry, I realized that I had no passion for accounting and wanted to try something different. After doing some research on different jobs, I decided to try programming and found the site After going through that site, I got instantly hooked on programming and decided I want to try and make this a career.

In America, there are a bunch of free websites and other resources that teach programming, so I mainly focused on going through as much of those resources as I can. After that, I mainly just built simple web apps using Rails and supplemented my knowledge with many books until I felt confident enough that I could contribute at a junior developer level.

2021- Join VisasQ

I wanted to work at a company where I have an opportunity to work with and learn from others as my previous company I was working solo most of the time. I also was more interested to work on an internal product, so that the developers and the business side could communicate together as the same team. I joined VisasQ specifically because I felt it matched that criteria. And mainly, the people I interviewed with were all very nice and seemed happy to be working there, so I felt I wanted to be a part of it too and work with them.

What kind of work are you in your team?

So far I’ve focused on developing and enhancing features to be specifically used by the VQ global team to help them connect clients and advisors more easily. But lately I’ve branched out to working on features for the Japan side as well.

What do you enjoy most about VQ?

So far, my experience has mainly matched what I was hoping for before I joined. I was pretty shocked, though, that a lot of the people in the company are actually really good at English, which is a lot different than my experience at other Japanese companies.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Most of my non-work time is spent playing with and taking care of my kids. We mostly stay indoors due to COVID but now that the state-of-emergency has been lifted, I’m looking forward to doing more outdoors stuff with them. When I’m alone, I like to watch basketball and play video games.

My son likes to play a game called Super Smash Bros recently but it's too difficult for him so we usually end up watching the Computer players battle each other. He also really loves watching Pokemon anime which is the same as me when I was a kid.

What is exciting about working in VQ?

Everyone in general is very nice and supportive of each other which makes it feel like a real team. My Japanese isn’t perfect, but everyone is open to me using English at times and are understanding when I may be slow to understand something in Japanese. With the Singapore team growing and the acquisition of Coleman, the company seems to be going more and more towards a global direction, and I’m excited to see how the company changes.

Off days with his kids 子どもと過ごす休日



2007 大学時代に日本へ



2015 プログラミングを勉強してキャリアチェンジ



2021 エンジニアとして数社経験後ビザスクへ
















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