If you’re living in Japan and looking for work, the news isn’t good. At least, that’s what you might think if you read headlines about how unemployed Japanese youth are failing to find jobs in their home country.
But actually, many Japanese jobs can be found—you just have to know where to look! Here are some tips on getting a job in Japan, along with some places to search for job opportunities in the country!
Lots of people want to live and work in Japan, but are afraid that it’s impossible to get a job there without speaking Japanese or having Japanese citizenship.
Don’t be! There are lots of opportunities for foreigners in Japan, including jobs as English teachers, jobs with international corporations and even owning your own business.
If you speak good English and have some business skills (or are willing to learn), there’s no reason why you can’t get a jobs in Japan.
If you do your research, it’s not hard
Jobs can be hard to find anywhere. But if you do your research and put some effort into it, there are jobs to be had here.
There is an old idiom that says the early bird gets the worm. In my experience working with international clients for over 15 years, that phrase really holds true for jobs in Japan as well.
If you want to work in Japan, get started now. The earlier you begin your job search, the better chance you have of getting what you want.
If you wait until last minute or until things don’t work out with one company before starting looking elsewhere, chances are good that it will be too late.
Remember: no job is perfect and sometimes finding a job means taking what’s available at first so that later on down the road when something better comes along (and it will), then hopefully your name will still be on their list of candidates. Good luck!
There are so many opportunities available
There are opportunities for everyone—from native English speakers to people who have taken classes before arriving. Opportunities abound in Tokyo and other large cities like Osaka, Kyoto and Yokohama, as well as smaller cities like Fukuoka and Sapporo.
Whether you want to work with an international company or start your own business you can be sure that jobs in Japan are easy to get if you take advantage of what is available!
I decided to learn Japanese on my own after moving here because I wanted to be able to speak with my neighbors. By working through
WaniKani I’ve improved my kanji skills immensely; and now have meaningful conversations with people all around me on a daily basis. It’s fun meeting new people while learning how they live their lives abroad.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll get your first choice of jobs in Japan (or any job at all) so it’s best to be prepared for multiple options.
Aside from picking up part-time work with local companies on one of these sites, there are also other creative ways to earn money in Japan such as selling things online or starting a side-hustle like freelance writing or drawing portraits on Quick Hire.
Freelance work is increasing quickly as more people use sites like Airbnb to make extra cash by renting out their own home and skills via platforms like Fiverr.
If you have an entrepreneurial bent then these resources can help you find rewarding ways to start earning while living abroad and building valuable professional experience along the way.
Beware low wages and long hours
First, it’s important to note that there is no shortage of jobs in Japan. If you’re coming from an English-speaking country, however, be prepared for low wages and long hours.
The average salary is around two-thirds what someone would make in North America or Europe; however, if you choose to teach kids through a local school rather than privately there can be some advantages including shorter working hours (and therefore more free time).
Regardless of how much money you’ll make teaching English in Japan, though, having prior work experience is imperative.
While it’s easier than many countries to get started teaching English abroad without specific credentials or experience—more on that below—you still need to know what you’re doing and not be afraid of hard work.
Living expenses vary widely
The cost of living depends on where you live. The average monthly rent for an apartment ranges from $240 (Tokyo) to $520 (Kyoto), according to Numbeo’s data.
In big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, expenses tend to be higher due to a larger population of expats and tourists. Local housing can also be more expensive if you live in areas with more of an international presence;
however, it is important to note that there are options for those looking for shared accommodation or who don’t mind commuting from further away.
Just remember that what you save on rent may be spent on transportation or other day-to-day costs.
A job hunt won’t take long: There are many ways to find jobs in Japan, including searching online at websites like GaijinPot Jobs, working through recruitment agencies or simply putting up flyers around your neighborhood.
It’s also worth noting that most jobs require a resume or CV. If you’re not sure how to write one—or even how to get started looking for work—consider taking classes offered by various organizations like Nippon Professional Networking Association (NPA).
Remember: Regardless of which method you choose, start early and apply often. It won’t take long before someone takes notice of your application materials and gives you a call back!
These websites can help you find jobs in Japan
Jobs in Japan 日本の就職情報 (Japan Employment Services) – This is perhaps your best first stop if you’re looking for work in Japan.
Jobs In Tokyo – Useful job board that includes opportunities overseas and domestic jobs. InterNations has 21,077 members in Tokyo who have found work through their global job platform. 中小企業診断士 (Chukosyo Kodanshi or Certified Public Accountant) –
Accountants who have passed their exams with top scores are highly respected individuals in Japanese business circles and have access to positions at big companies like Rakuten Inc., which we’ll discuss later on.