search polycount.net forums, they have a thread called working in the US for Canadians or smthg,
unless you have a BA _or_ 8 years of fulltime experience that you can prove, you're screwed for the US.
Some people @ polycount shared both success/sad stories.
Things will be probably easier with Japan, but if you aren't a good Japanese speaker and don't have some mindblowing skills, you don't get much chance there.
The market is hard to get in, local talent is amazing and wages are about 30 % lower than Canadian ones, keep that in mind.
Spending 3/4 years for BA is not much fun, but at least it's CHEAP in Canada.
on the fourth day of glitchmas my painter™ gave to me
four random crashes, three broken brushes, two system hangups & one corrupted workspace