Full time jobs

Because the demand for native foreign instructors is high, many english-speaking foreigners in Japan work as teachers in language school.

Other fields such as IT, gastronomy and international business offer foreigners a chance to work in Japan. Being in Japan and being able to express yourself in japanese is a plus and would definitely increase the chances of finding a job.

Pt jobs

If you are a student in Japan, you might need some income to cover your daily expenses. If you live in Tokyo especially, the living cost is quite high and a part-time job could help you to afford the rent, foods and study fees.

An estimation shows that more than 2/3 of foreigners get a part-time jobs while studying in Japan. Beside the financial issue, working in Japan is a very good way for you to improve your language skills by being emerged into the Japanese culture.


Officially, foreign students are not allowed to get part-time jobs in Japan but there is a legal way for foreigners to obtain a permission. The immigration office called “Shikakugai-katsudokyoka” provides work permission to foreign students. Please note that students cannot work more than 28 hours per week for a part-time job.

Before you start seeking for a job in Japan, you must apply for this permission in order to work legally. When extending your Japanese visa, the permission can also be extended by submitting the form “Application for Permission to Engage in Activity”. This form is available at the Immigration Bureau and you’ll not have to pay anything.

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At work

When getting your first job, you have to make sure that you’ve read and understood the terms and conditions of your contract: working days, working hours, salary, date of payment, contact details of the company, etc… This will allow you to get a better understanding of the company rules and a precise description of your tasks at work.

Although, if it is a part-time job, you must not go to work late or have a day off without the permission of a valid representative of the company you work for.

Salaries in Japan are usually between 800 Yen and 2,000 Yen per hour, depending on your position, qualifications and companies.

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Getting job

There are many ways for foreign students to look for part-time jobs, but it can take time to find the one that fits with your schedule. Check frequently the newspaper ads, job magazine, job-recruiting agencies and job-recruiting websites on internet.

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