Japan is a very developed Asian country with a strong economy, long history, culture and traditions. Its population is just over 123 million people. Japan has a high standard of living, modern infrastructure, quality education and medical systems. Over the past decades, Japan's economy has shown steady growth, and the labor market is experiencing a shortage of skilled labor.

Employment in Japan for foreigners in 2024 is available mainly in the automotive, electronics, information technology, food, education, finance and banking sectors. Most often, experienced technical specialists are in demand. In addition, Japan requires girls with bright looks to work as models, dancers, singers, TV presenters, hostesses. Sometimes teachers of English are needed.

Work in Japan

It is best to look for work in Japan in megacities with great economic potential – Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka. There you can find vacancies in large corporations, such as Toyota Motor, Hitachi, Mitsubishi and others, where English speaking foreign specialists are guaranteed. Foreigners should take into account cultural and mental differences between the Japanese and Europeans.

To be legally employed in Japan, you must find an employer in advance and obtain a work visa. The document is issued for a maximum of 5 years. Unemployment in Japan does not exceed 3%. The rate of income tax varies from 5 to 45%. According to official data from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the minimum wage in Japan in 2024 is 790-1,113 yen per hour ($5-7). The average income of Japanese people is about 315 thousand yen per month (2 thousand dollars).


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Given the high level of competition, in order to successfully find a job in Japan, foreign job seekers need to have a sought-after/deficit occupation, sufficient experience, education and skill level, and a good command of English/Japanese.

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