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Finding a job in Japan

Updated on September 21, 2011


Everyone has the dream of working and living in a foreign country but not everyone has the ability to do it. One of those countries that expats seem to flock to is the country of Japan. Some love it for the authenticity of its culture others love it for their woman but for whatever reason you love japan make sure you are able to take care of your basic necessities first. So unless you have some money saved up or are filthy rich you will need to make sure that the clothing, housing, food, transportation, entertainment, and etc. are on your list of priorities. So employment should be your first factor when you are going into Japan.


Currently the latest numbers by the state department estimate there are thousands of expats working and currently living in Japan. You can join their ranks and make your lifestyle similar t locating and obtaining employment in Japan. There are a few things that you need to consider before you start your search though. To work legally in Japan you will need to have a valid work permit. To obtain a workers permit in japan one of the prerequisites to it are that you must first have a bachelor’s degree or higher. You also will need to have a company sponsor you so that you can obtain the “Certificate of eligibility” and then you are able to apply and obtain a work visa needed for permanent residence.

There is an alternative wa that is starting to become popular with Expats to Japan. This is called the Japanese working holiday permit. You are not held by the same standards in the visa process as you are to this one. The process can be done through the Japanese embassy in your home country and then it usually takes three weeks to be approved.

Searching for jobs in japan you need to first narrow down your personal list of requisites on what type of job you want to obtain. There are many ways in locating employment in japan like the internet, paper, and if you have friends and family they can help guide you in the right direction. It also a good idea if you are already there to talk to people that you meet sometimes the best jobs are not advertised so when you are in the hotel or in a bar and talking ask about the opportunities that are available as well sometimes they can direct you in searches or point to a employer that may match your skill set. Also a great reference is the Japan times there is a help wanted section specifically for Expats and usually quite long and a lot of jobs available.

If the resources are limited above then the absolute best way Is to conduct your job search online. You can truly maximize your efforts three fold while online because of the many different resources available to you. The Japan times always post its current newspaper online there are forums and expat venues all across the internet that are full of advice tips and tricks to help you. has a extensive articles and sites that it can help you in your search for that perfect job. Also be aware of a lot of American fortune 500 companies are always looking to hire a lot are Japanese firms but quite a few America firms operate out of Japan as well. So finding a job in japan does not have to be a daunting task and by taking the right steps in the correct direction it improves your chances significantly.


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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Interesting concept on getting a job in Japan. I guess the key is motivation. :)