Youth Employment

Understand the laws affecting teenagers working in Japan…

Teenagers and their parents should check their residence visa to find out if a teenager is allowed to work in Japan. These are the legal requirements for young people who work:

  • Full-time students are legally authorised to work from the age of 15
  • A working day cannot exceed eight hours
  • After working for more than six hours there is a 45 minute break
  • After working for more than eight hours there is a one-hour break
  • A working week cannot exceed 40 hours
  • Overtime of 25 percent is added for working for more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week
  • 35 percent is added for working on a day off
  • Minimum wage must comply with legal requirements
  • Employers have to give 30 days notice. If it is less than 30 days, a month's wage has to be paid
  • Young people who are under 18 are not allowed to work between 22:00 and 05:00

Minimum wage

The minimum wage in Japan is decided by each prefecture. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has information.