Thanks for the detailed reply. A lot of it’s kind of what I expected – I’ll need to spend most of my money on food and have little social life.
My girlfriend moved to Tokyo at the start of the year and is planning to stay for at least another 12-18 months. Some of my symptoms make it hard for me to do a full-time job at a computer, so I’d just be doing the whole 英語教師 gig if I go. I have CELTA, some teaching experience and JLPT1, so I should be able to find work considering the post-disaster 外人 exodus. I hear it’s not too hard to find additional tutoring work, too. I’m not going to rush into anything without a lot of prior research though.
The way I see it is: I’m better off doing part-time work somewhere interesting while living with my girlfriend and working on healing than I am alone in the UK doing even worse part-time work. My girlfriend has more candida symptoms than I do and she works horrible hours, so I’d like to take care of her, too. I need some signs of improvement before I do anything though.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to respond, and sorry for derailing your thread. Hopefully someone can give you some more advice about stage 2. I hope you can improve your quiz scores now your problem is under control, too.