Background / Reasons to Work in Japan
No one lives like you.
All humans may be equal. However, the lives of people with a different family background, upbringing, income, and goals cannot be equal.
You cannot change others or the past but can change yourself and the future. Everyone has a chance.
Finding a new job is merely a short- to mid-term solution and is not a goal in itself. What is important in life, from a long-term perspective, is how you want to live your life and how you have lived it. Also, finding a new job is simply an entry point. Think about exiting when thinking about entering, as they are a pair.
As of 2018, the number of foreigners working in Japan is approx. 1.3 million. This accounts for 2% of the entire labor force in Japan.
Why do you want to work in Japan? Why do you need a connection with Japan?
It would be pointless for you to work in Japan unless you can acknowledge the following statements with clear reasons and determination.
Regardless of their abilities, foreigners are discriminated against and have to struggle depending on their country of origin.
It is clear that foreigners who those work hard achieve higher than Japanese who do not work hard. However,since nation is built based on a certain ethnicity, discrimination can be existed to some degree. In extreme cases, foreigners need to achieve twice as much as the Japanese to be acknowledged.
The Japanese language barrier
The Japanese language is one of the most difficult languages in the world, with its many homophones. It also has many words and one needs to understand the kanji, (Chinese characters), hiragana, and katakana to be able to read it. With its excellence in elaborate expressions, many excellent products were made possible by it. However, it is not a feature or quality that is absolutely necessary except for the preservation of traditional Japanese culture. You can only use it in Japan, a limited market, even if you understand it.
The racial and cultural barriers and the national borders of Japan as a barrier
Japan, which developed by monoracial peoples with a centralized government, has a distinct culture, which is also called a culture of shame, humility, and ambiguity. It is true that many Japanese have high educational background and their morals and manners are excellent compared to other peoples in the world. So then, why the GDP of Japan has not been increased nor the productivity per capital has not been improved for the past two decades.
Before Moving On - The Difference between Visa and Residence Status
Visa: Entry permit.
Embassies and consulates of Japan abroad have an interview with foreign nationals that plan to enter Japan and issue them a visa prior to their entry to Japan. The eased restrictions on the issuance of visas are the reason for an increase in the number of tourists to Japan.
Residence Status: Stay permit.
A permit for a foreign national to stay in Japan legally. Only foreign nationals that were granted residence status as a result of investigations by the Immigration Bureau can stay in Japan. There are 34 types of residence status (as of January 2019).
Visas are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and residence status is granted by the Ministry of Justice. That is, having a visa does not mean having residence status.
Permission to Work in Japan (Residence Status)
With the aging population, Japan has started to actively hire foreign nationals to secure labor forces. While it does not have an explicit migration policy, it has actually been accepting many immigrants. Foreign nationals can work in Japan if they meet such conditions as the following. Although not intended for employment purposes originally, residence types 3 and 4 are serving as a labor force in reality.
|Type of Residence Status
|Reality and Our Policy
|Work-related residence status
|Issued for a maximum of five years with the conditions “work experience,”
“employment and other agreements.”
we will start actively hiring foreign nationals and referring them to our customers.
|Technical Intern Training
|A maximum of three years.
It is a system for technical trainee interns to learn skills at companies in a developed country, Japan,
and improve their lives and contribute to the development of the industry and companies in their own countries after returning home.
|We do not hear too many good things about hiring technical trainee interns but it probably has its good points.
We will remain uninvolved with them.
“Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted,”
students can work up to 28 hours a week.
During long holidays in the summer and winter,
students are permitted to work up to 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week.
|The overly high-quality Japanese service industry is made possible by foreign students.
We will remain uninvolved with them.
Person Wanted and Employment condition
We are seeking individuals that meet the following criteria:
|Employment Status + Employer
Falls under residence status (work visa)
“Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services.”
|Case 1: Direct hire
We will hire you.
You will work on our projects or be stationed at our client's office.
(We will help you obtain residence status. Our foreign employees have successfully obtained residence status).
|Case 2: Introduce to our customers
We find excellent foreign engineers and refer them to our customers for employment.
(For residence status holders)
There are three types of employment/contractor agreements for Case 1 above.
We will provide various Social security and support. We will assign you tasks that will lead you to the next stage of your life.
Self-employed person / Freelance
Remuneration is paid on a performance basis.
(Residence status holders only)