Why want to work in Japan


> Capital: Tokyo
> approx. 126 million inhabitants
> 2.36% unemployment rate
> 84.21 years life expectancy
> US $ 4,971 billion gross domestic product
> Automobiles & Electronics
> Robot & biotechnology
> Renewable energy
> Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
> The minimum wage is 901 YEN / hour
> Average income: 4.14 million YEN / year

What makes working in Japan so attractive?

A job in Japan: If you dream of it, with the right conditions you definitely have opportunities, but you also have to face reality. Not all professions are in demand with Japanese employers. If you plan to gain a foothold in Japan for a while or even permanently, there are a few things you should consider and plan. Here we provide information on the subject of "Job Abroad Japan", including industries, the job market, job opportunities, job search, application rules and the corporate culture of the Japanese.

We clarify the following topics:

Economic Power in Japan: Sectors & Leading Industries

Japan is one highly industrialized, free market economy. The strengths of the island state clearly lie in the research-intensive high technology and in international trade. Japanese companies are pioneers in future technologies such as carbon fibers, solar energy and electric vehicles. Other economic sectors: Only 15% of the land can be used for agriculture, relevant mineral resources are hardly available. Remarkable: At around 4%, the unemployment rate in Japan is exceptionally low by international standards.

Labor market & job opportunities for foreigners in Japan

At the moment, the Japanese labor market is not yet particularly open to workers from abroad. Only 2% foreigners live (and work) in Japan. The trend - especially among large Japanese companies - is clearly towards hiring more and more foreigners. The chances of applying to internationally active companies are good. Particularly interesting for German applicants: German companies with a branch or subsidiary in Japan. Living and working in Japan is especially popular with highly qualified academics and specialists. Have the best chance of good employment in Japan Engineers, IT specialists and technical experts in other areas. Applications in the Financial sector as well as in industries that are heavily dependent on exports. Applicants from the fields of “humanities” and “economics” must have specialist knowledge or several years of professional experience. If you are looking for a solid job, you need in most cases good to very good knowledge of Japanese.

Language skills as the key to a job in Japan

Applicants for qualified jobs abroad in Japan usually need Language skills in the national language. Positions for foreign applicants can therefore be divided into two groups: jobs with no to medium language skills and jobs with excellent language skills as a prerequisite. Those who have no knowledge of Japanese at all may be able to fill positions that are specifically geared towards foreign clients. On the other hand, there is the possibility at Japanese language schools as a foreign language teacher - e.g. B. German as a foreign language - to work. However: Many Japanese companies generally require applicants to have excellent language skills, even if this is not really necessary for the job advertised. As a rule, the standard requirement is a passed Level 2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). Ideal candidates have also reached the highest level, Level 1 of the JLPT.

Working in Japan: application & interview

The market in Japan - including the “applicant market” - has its own rules. Japanese recruiters often find it difficult to evaluate work experience, qualifications or frequent job changes of foreign applicants. In general, Japanese employers rate job changes rather negatively. The following applies to degrees: The MBA (Master of Business Administration) and the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), for example, are known and valued by Japanese companies. Recruiters also assume that applicants each at least three years in one or, if necessary, several (domestic) companies have worked. Danger: Internships are generally not counted as professional experience of the applicant. German university graduates have the disadvantage that they are usually significantly older than Japanese graduates, even if they study quickly.

Tips for applying in Japan

Applicants in Japan use one standardized application form, which is available at local stationery stores. In Germany you can buy this form either online or in Japanese shops. As a foreign applicant, you can either use this form - with questions about training and professional career - or, if optional, send in an application folder. However, this does not have to be as extensive as is usual with us. Individual application folders are primarily in demand with internationally operating companies that also communicate in English. Whether form or folder: stick to one factual formulation of your qualifications. The Japanese quickly interpret the colorful coloring of their own talents as arrogance. It's the same with im Job interview humility hip, trendy, popular. Anyone who appears objective, calm and not too self-confident can clearly score points here. Do you want to work (permanently) as a young professional in Japan? Then this is for you April 1st is an important date. Then every year young professionals are hired all over the country.

Work and corporate culture in Japan

Everyday working life in Japan is still very traditional. Gradually, however, the country is opening up to international standards. Here is some helpful information for anyone who has got a job abroad in Japan or is thinking about working in Japan:

  • In the Japanese working world are still today strict hierarchies and strict regulations common. The loyalty to the employer is usually higher than in Europe. In addition, there is a strong team spirit, responsible for competitive orientation but also pressure to conform.
  • The official working hours of the Japanese are, as is usually the case with us, around 40 hours a week. The bottom line is that the Japanese work up to 15% more. However, these overtime hours do not necessarily lead to more productivity: Many Japanese people stay in the office for a long time, but they do not necessarily just work during this time (many surf the Internet, for example).
  • Japanese have one pronounced community thinking. This may also mean working overtime because the colleague is doing it. Many Japanese employees also avoid going home in front of their boss. In many companies this is even viewed as disrespectful to the supervisor.
  • In theory, Japanese employees have more vacation days than German employees. In practice, however, the Japanese usually only really take a few vacation days. One reason for this: Many Japanese workers are uncomfortable with the thought of having a colleague do the work while they are away.
  • The working day does not usually start before nine o'clock.
  • The business dress code in Japan largely corresponds to the western one.
  • Around Sing karaoke Even foreign employees can't get around after work.