I’ve opened my job search to include non-arts jobs and have been really surprised! I have been going to gaijinpot.com and jobs on Japan.com and applying to every job, from business to eikaiwa (English conversation teachers), and I get so few replies! When they do reply, they ask when my visa expires, and when I say end of January, they never call back. It seems that everyone wants me to have a visa already, but I can’t get one without a job, it seems.
Really, any job will be fine for now, as long as I can stay in the country a little longer!