I want to work in Japan.

I don't want to sound desperate but... I REALLY NEED to find a way to work there.

Here is why, I am a web freelancer and I've learned Korean for 6 years now, Chinese for 4 years, and Japanese for 2 years. I am self-taught and because I know Korean and Chinese it' fast for me to learn Japanese reusing logic of the base language.

Anyways the problem is that I am 30 years old now... I am not young, I am not old but my age is not the easiest age to find ways for working abroad. I have a master degree in data systems and web development and I really love languages (insta: @chikojap / website: Because I have gathered so much knowledge from my passion and motivation I refuse to think it's not possible..

I need your help.. I need people with experience which can give me advice, and informations to find my way through there. I would say the big problem is I really don't know where to search information. If I just type "work in japan" on Google all I can find is the same articles and fake job sites everywhere. So I guess the best way is to request directly from people.

You can share your experience trying to answer few of my many questions...

  • Is there any websites where I can say "hello I am foreigner, I have a Master Degree can I apply in your company ?" ?
  • Is there any websites where I can find a community which helps foreigner to find recruiters ?
  • Is there any community of foreigner which help each other with similar questions ?

I am a little scared to grow too old and not have any chance to go there again. My goal is to at least go there one year so I can at least prove my skills directly on the field. But from where I stand... I only have my keyboard and my screen as a force of interaction.

Thanks in advance.

NOTE: If you are asking the same questions than I, please show yourself in the comments, maybe we can start a community (facebook, discord, etc...) from here and help each other.

June 13, 2019


I advise you to pass the JPLT N2 because it's required to work in Japanese companies in the job ads I saw years ago.

You can also be recruited by an international company that has an office there.

With a PhD, you could find a lab there interested in your research field.

You can look for jobs that lack expertise over there but I don't know if yours satisfies that statement.

Check if you can still get the one year work visa that you can get around 30 to get a foot there.

Good luck and keep working on it :)

June 13, 2019

Thanks ! Those are really mind opening informations. Do you know a website where one can find jobs without expertise ? Someone recommended "craigslist" to me before but no luck. I think if it's a Japanese native website it's even better.

June 13, 2019

Have you put your resume on Gaijinpot?

June 13, 2019

I didn't know about this website, I will give it a try. Thanks !

June 13, 2019

Start with this one:

Depending on your level of Japanese you may look here too:

June 14, 2019

Here is a website that lists all the recruitment agencies in Japan. Do some work and explore them, if you wish.

FYI, if you didn't know there's a special visa called the "Highly Skilled Professional" visa. Because you're so young and skilled, you're likely able to qualify and thus receive special benefits. As long as you're able to find a company to vouch that you'll work for them, you're good to go.

If you're truly in a rush, you can join the JET program. Most people go with the teaching route, but I think you may be able to get a position as "Coordinator for International Relations." I have no doubt that a technology expert would be useful for the Japanese government. You will likely need to study more Japanese, however.

If you can get into Japan, you can make connections. Especially if you're in a government program with multiple other foreigners. Get yourself a carrying case for meishi and a LINE account, and you'll find a company eventually.

Good luck!

June 14, 2019

I found this link related to the visas and skills required :

June 14, 2019

I received ads for this:

I’m only a high school student so it has nothing to do with me, but it may interest you. Incidentally, where do you work now?

June 15, 2019

I'm a semi-retired old fart who is living in Japan. I've spent most of my adult life here since 1978. I've worked in big companies in central Tokyo and have been a freelance legal translator working from home for more than 20 years. I have permanent residence and own property here too. All of that is just for background. Here's what I recommend: JUST COME TO JAPAN AND SNIFF AROUND FOR AWHILE. I'm assuming you can afford it. It takes some gumption to do something like that, but you'll learn much more much faster in the process. Who knows, it might turn out that you don't like the place. Better to know sooner than later. You might also meet the love of your life and end up married here. There are certainly worse fates than that! (P.S. Marriage comes with a work permit).

June 15, 2019

I second this. I’ve spent ten years there, married a Japanese and we still have a house there. It’s easy to get work there if you have a degree. It’s very likely you’ll take a job there to get your foot in the door and then find the right thing, but you need to be there to find it.

June 16, 2019
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