Working in Japan

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Free Business Start-up Seminar and Gyoseishoshi Consultations

This event was held on Sun. 26 Oct. 2014. To stay up-to-date and receive information about when our next session will take place, please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for all the latest info…


Employment Fair for Foreign Students

This fair has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Aimed at helping foreign students attending tertiary education and technical colleges who will be graduating in March 2015, the fair plans to bring together around thirty-two companies.


Pension: Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment

Are you paying into a Japanese pension scheme? Planning not to be in Japan when its time to claim it? Did you know that foreign nationals that have paid into the National Pension scheme国民年金, the Employees’ Pension Insurance 厚生年金, or Kyosai Kumiai 共済組合, may be eligible to receive a lump sum pension refund (dattai ichijikin 脱退一時金)?


Finding Employment in Japan

Finding work in Japan can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Foreign language teaching jobs, particularly English, as well as IT related positions or technical related positions are always in high demand.


Labour Difficulties

In principle, workers in Japan, regardless of nationality, are governed by Japanese labor laws and regulations such as the Labor Standards Law, Minimum Wage Act, and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance Act.


Part Time Work – Students and Dependants -

If you are a student and looking for part time work or if you are residing in Japan on a Dependent visa (家族滞在kazoku-taizai) or Cultural Activities visa (文化活動) you must first apply to the Immigration Bureau for a special permit to allow you to engage in activities outside your current visa status.


Paid Holidays, Days Off, & National Holidays

■Paid holidays, Sick days, Days off, and National holidays ■Days Off Employers must grant employees at least one day off per week, or four days off in any four-week period. Sundays or public holidays need not necessarily be days off, and other days may be selected as employees’ days off instead by agreement between the […]


Your Rights: Pregnancy, Child birth, Maternity Leave

If you’re a working woman and are either thinking about starting a family or are looking for a little financial help or extra time with your young family, there are a number of employment laws and benefits available to assist you.


The Minimum Wage System

The minimum wage system is a system in which employers must pay more than the minimum wages formulated by the government on the basis of the Minimum Wages Law to employees. If wages below the minimum wage is formulated under the condition of agreement with employees, it is invalidated by the law and is regarded to have formulated the same wages with the minimum wage.


Setting Up Your Own Business

Can you help me? I want to set up my own business.


A “letter of release”?

My new employer asked for my “letter of release” from my previous employer. What is this?


Ending Employment in Japan – What You Need To Know

In Japan, the start of April is the traditional time to change and start a new job. If you’re thinking about resigning and changing employers or if you think your employer is thinking about letting you go, its best to know what your rights and obligations are before its too late.


Part Time Work

■Students, Dependants, and Part-time Work If for example you are a student and looking for part time work or if you are residing in Japan on a Dependent visa (家族滞在kazoku-taizai) or Cultural Activities visa (文化活動) you must first apply to the Immigration Bureau for a special permit to allow you to engage in activities outside […]


Unemployment Insurance

I recently became unemployed. Can I claim unemployment benefits?


Getting Your Pension Back

Are you paying into a Japanese pension scheme? Planning not to be in Japan when its time to claim it? Did you know that foreign nationals that have paid into a National Pension scheme国民年金, the Employees’ Pension Insurance厚生年金, or Kyosai Kumiai共済組合, can receive a lump sum pension refund, known as the “Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment “(dattai […]


Japanese Pensions

The National Pension Scheme, Employees’ Welfare Pension Insurance, and Withdrawing from the Pension Program


Worker’s Compensation Insurance

In the case a worker is injured on the job or during commutes to/from work, by law an employer may be required to provide compensation for medical treatment and time off.


Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist – The Gyoseishoshi

A gyoseishoshi, or a Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist, is someone who assists people in handling administrative paperwork to be turned into governmental offices for immigration or filing for naturalization, applying for permission to carry out certain kinds of projects, creating or registering a company, creating contracts, and inheritance matters.


Getting Wages from a Bankrupt Employer

You were working at a company in Nagoya for 2 years, but because your employer went bankrupt you have been on unemployment benefits and have been trying to find a job since January. You have not yet received your wages for October, November and December. What can you do, now that your previous employer is bankrupt?


Non-renewal of contract

“It has been three years since I first started working part-time for a company. In the beginning it was a 6-month contract, but I ended up working for three successive years without going through any special renewal procedures. However, a few days ago I was told not to come to work anymore from next month because the contract will not be renewed. Without even being given the reason for the non-renewal, I feel at a loss what to do next.


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