Ten Websites That Will Help You Find
a Job in Japan
Japan has it all. The country claims
one of the largest cities in the world, automated restaurants
alongside small rustic villages, and jaw-dropping vistas.
It’s clean. It’s safe. It is very rich in culture
and art. These are some of the reasons why so many wish
to move to Japan. The cost of living in Japan is high, though,
so unless you come with trust fund in hand, you’re
going to need a source of income. Even if you don’t
speak Japanese, job searching in Japan isn’t as daunting
a task as you might think…if you know where to look.
These ten websites will help you in your journey toward
gainful employment in the "Land of the Rising Sun."
Let’s face it. The easiest job for English speakers
to find and obtain in Japan is that of English teacher.
The government requires that English be taught in all
public junior high and senior high schools, so job openings
are plentiful. Many schools hire English speakers as
classroom assistants rather than full-fledged teachers,
so even if you don’t have teaching credentials
you can still capitalize on your native tongue. This
is a job website specifically for those who teach or
wish to teach English in Japan.
- Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
So you have decided to become an English teacher in Japan.
What’s next? Where do you live? How do you get
there? What documents do you need to enter the country?
If organizing your own work visa, travel expenses,
and placement seems a bit overwhelming, leave it to
the pros. The Japan Exchange and Teaching
(JET) Program has been sending doe-eyed foreigners
to Japanese public schools for over 20 years now.
The interview process is extensive, and competition
is stiff, but this program is the best way to go about
teaching English in Japan. Applications are available
online in late September.
Most gaijin (or foreigners) living in Japan
have logged onto Gaijin Pot at one time
or another. This website is a cornucopia of useful information
ranging from banking and taxes to raising a family. Check
out the Featured Jobs
in Japan option to look through employment listings.
Most companies listed require that you live in Japan
before applying, but if you are searching for a job in
Japan from overseas, this is the place to go.
- Metropolis; Kansai Scene; Japanzine
The above websites are grouped together because they
are all so similar. These websites are the online
presence of three major English-language magazines
in Japan: Metropolis is based in
Tokyo; the Kansai Scene covers the
Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto area; Japanzine lords
over Nagoya. The website for each magazine offers
an employment section where you can scan for jobs
in that part of the country. These are great resources
when job-hunting because the listings are updated
with every new issue of the magazine. You might also
want to check out the classified sections of newspapers
such as The Japan Times.
Sure, a huge number of jobs in Japan are teaching jobs.
There’s got to be more out there, though, right?
Right! Daijob.com lists thousands
of jobs ranging from accounting to investment banking.
The site is heavy on information technology and finance
jobs in particular. You can search by job, by employer,
and even by recruiter. Please note that most of the
jobs on this site require a high level of Japanese
language ability. There is a search function, however,
that allows you to narrow your search according to
language ability required.
This website is the self-proclaimed “mother lode
of Japan job info.” While some of the previously
mentioned sites have far more extensive listings, this
one should not be overlooked. In addition to the usual
suspects of teaching and IT jobs, this site also provides
some more entertaining options. Check out the “Model,
Act, Entertain” section if you’ve always
dreamed of getting your foreign face on TV or in print.
There are also a number of listings calling for hostesses.
Hang out at a bar till the wee hours of the morning serving
drunk businessmen overpriced cocktails, lighting cigarettes,
and just being a flirty little coquette.
Tokyo Connections acts as a one-stop
shop for other Japanese job sites. It provides links
to websites where jobs are available along with a review
of each. Check out the “Job Listings” and “Job
Search Sites” sections for tons of employment options.
Also listed on Tokyo Connections are available grants,
scholarships, internships, and working holidays. Another
useful aspect of the website is the listing of clubs
and associations. If your job hunt is not off to a great
start, hook up with some like-minded individuals for
serious networking opportunities.
- Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
The website for contains a wealth of job-related
information. There you will find info on who is allowed
to work in Japan, labor laws, insurance, and where to
take free Japanese classes. The center has locations
in Tokyo and Osaka. If you are living in Japan while
job hunting, consider popping in for a consultation or
to browse through their help-wanted ads.
A job posting site specializing in bi-lingual jobs available
in Japan for those with Japanese language skills.
Embassy in Tokyo
Before you accept the job you found online and hop on
a plane, you might want to make sure your government
will allow it. To find your embassy’s website in
the "Land of the Rising Sun," try this Google
search: <Your Country> Embassy Japan. On your
embassy’s site you will find visa and employment
information, as well as some useful cultural tips. You
might even find a job opening at the embassy itself.
Whether you aspire to be an English
teacher, an investment banker, or are just seeking a short-term
gig, Japan is sure to have a job that suits you. The resources
listed above will get you off and running in the right direction.
So, bone up on your Japanese, and, as with any job, be sure
to research the position and company thoroughly before moving
halfway around the world. Good luck and gambatte!