Employment in Japan

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In order to work legally in Japan, foreigners must obtain the appropriate work visas. These visas are very specific and stipulate the type of work that can be carried out in the country.

Finding Work in Japan

There are a number of resources for job seekers in Japan, including websites, job agencies, and advertisements in newspapers and magazines. There are also job centres operated by the national government, providing information about job opportunities and vacancies in the local employment market.

There are a number of Employment Service centres for foreign job seekers and foreign nationals with eligible work visas:

Other useful resources for job seekers include:

  • Jobs in Japan: An English-language job board with vacancies listed by industry
  • Job Net (in Japanese): Job agency supported by the by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • ESL Employment: Information about teaching English in Japan
  • Hello Work (in Japanese): Public Employment Security Offices run by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Offices are located throughout Japan and provide information about job opportunities, provide advice, and consultations for job seekers