Looking for Full-time and Part-time Employment
Japanese law prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin and creed regarding paying wages, working hours, and other employment conditions. Foreign workers are legally entitled the same rights as Japanese workers. It is important to know and understand the laws and systems related to employment.
Eligibility for working in Japan
You must have a resident status (zairyuu shikaku) that allows you to work, and also the job must be within the qualifications permitted by your resident status.
Looking for a job within Japan
You can find a job through Public Employment Security Office (Hello Work) managed by the national government (free of charge).
You can also try some private employment agencies certified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and other organizations. (Some are free, others take a commission)
Public Employment Security Office (Hello Work)
The Public Employment Security Office (Hello Work) is managed by the national government and provides services, such as giving consultation on employment and providing introductions to companies for free.
All Hello Work offices are connected through a computer network where one can obtain information about the availability of jobs across Japan.
If you can speak Japanese, you can visit any Hello Work office close to where you live.
For those who cannot understand Japanese, some offices have interpretation service. A service corners for the Employment of Foreign Residents and International Students and Support for New Graduates provide employment information and introduction for international students and foreign residents who have professional knowledge and skills.
How to receive Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted (Shikaku gai-Katsudo-kyoka)
If you want to take a job (a part time) other than those permitted by your current resident status, you must get permission called Shikakugai Katsudo-kyoka from Immigration Bureau. For further information, please contact:
★ Osaka Immigration Bureau, Kyoto Office
Japan’s Labor Standard Law
The Labor Standards Law exists to protect workers’ rights, including foreign residents in Japan. If you have problems such as unpaid wages, suddenly dismissed without cause, or been injured while working, please consult the following offices.
① Consultation Counter for Foreign Workers, Kyoto Labor Bureau
Address: 2nd Floor Kyoto Labor Bureau, Kinbuki-cho 451, Ryogaecho- dori Oike agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Consultation hours: Tues, Thurs, 2nd and 4th Wed 9:00 to 16:30 (closed 12:00 to 13:00)
* English interpretation is possible.
However, there may be days when no interpretation service is available, please call to confirm before your visit.
* Consultations in Japanese is available on Monday and Friday at the Kyoto Labor Bureau 1F General Labor Consultation Corner.
② Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s Telephone Consultation Service for Foreign Workers
This is a call center set up by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare for problems concerning working conditions, services include explanations of laws and ordinances and providing introductions to relevant organizations and associations.
※ Closed National Holidays and Dec 29-Jan 3
The Labor Standards Law also applies to part-time employment, if you have any questions please consult “Consultation Counter for Foreign Workers” and/or “the Telephone Consultation Service for Foreign Workers”.
An employment contract is an agreement between an employee and employer designating working condition in return for wages.
When an employment contract is signed, the employer must give employees a written contract which describes wages, working hours and other working conditions. If only an oral agreement is made on wages, working condition, etc. the employee cannot present any evidence in case of any violation or dispute.
In order to prevent any problems, if the contract is written in Japanese, the employee should have it translated into their native language.
Items that must be included in an employment contract
(1) Length of the employment contract
(2) Criteria for renewal of fixed-term labor contracts (if contract renewal is possible and if possible the contract should state the evaluation criteria for renewal)
(3) Place of work, details of work and working conditions
(4) Working hours, including start time and finishing time, overtime work, breaks, paid leave, holidays, etc.
(5) Wage, way wages are calculated, method of payment, date of payment, and promotions (possibile even if not in writing)
(6) Retirement and Dismissal (including reasons for dismissal)
Ask the company if they have their working rules and terms (shugyo kisoku) in writing. If they have, read the contents carefully.