1. Checking your Residence Card
You are not allowed to work in Japan if you are here for tourism or visiting family and if you do not hold a Residence Card.
Even if you do have a Residence Card, depending on your "Status of Residence", you may or may not be able to work.
(1) If your status of residence is "Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese Resident" or "Long Term Resident" :
You are allowed to work in Japan.
(2) If your status of residence is "Cultural Activities", "Temporary Visitor", "Student", "Trainee" or "Dependent":
You are not allowed to work in Japan.
If you would like to work, you must apply for the "Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" and get permission from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.
(3) For cases other than #1 and #2:
You can only work or participate in activities that are solely written on your Residence Card.
If you would like to do different work, you must apply for the "Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted" and get permission from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.
(4) "Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted"
You need to get permission from the Immigration Services Agency. You are not allowed to do work that falls outside of the permit of your status of residence.
2. Looking for employment
In Japan, there is Hello Work (The Public Employment Security Office) that can help you find employment.
There are Hello Work offices in every city as well as in Tomioka Town and Minamiaizu Town.
Job consultation and referrals are free.
3. Labor Laws
There are several laws that protect laborers in Japan.
For example, minimum wage is decided per hour, depending on each prefecture.
Also, there is a restriction on the number of hours you work overtime.
4. Labor Contract
You will sign an employment contract with your employer. Before signing, you should check the details of the contract. For example,
- The term of contract, work hours, rest time
- The amount of wages and how they are paid
- Enrolling in health insurance, Employee's Pension Insurance, unemployment insurance, labor insurance, etc.
For Foreign Nationals Wishing to Work in Japan (Updated 1 March 2014)https://www.mhlw.go.jp/file/06-Seisakujouhou-11650000-Shokugyouanteikyokuhakenyukiroudoutaisakubu/0000055573.pdf
Native Language Consultation (Orgnization for Technical Intern Training)https://www.support.otit.go.jp/soudan/en/
Telephone Consulation Service for Foreigners in Japan (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)https://www.check-roudou.mhlw.go.jp/soudan/foreigner.html
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to ask us.
Fukushima International Association's Help Desk for Foreign Residentshttps://www.worldvillage.org/life/en/consultation/consultation.html
Please take a look here as well.
Ministry of Justice「A DAILY LIFE SUPPORT PORTAL FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS」