Popular Japan Jobs for English Speakers

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There is a labor crisis in Japan due to the aging population. Because of this, Japan welcomes skilled immigrants. But the question is, do potential immigrants need to learn the Japanese language to be able to work in the country? Well, not all the time. English speakers can work without learning the Japanese language. However, learning the language, even the basics of it, can help a lot and is a great advantage. It can help create good relationships with your fellow employees, too. But what are the popular jobs in English speaking foreigners can do in Japan? What job sites can help?

Popular Jobs

English Language Teaching

English languageYou can see signs written in English everywhere, but schooling in Japan is exclusively conducted in the Japanese language. This the reason why English language schools in Japan were built, and you can apply them online. Some of these English teachers transferred to Japan as temporary workers. There are some who teach from their home country. But those who choose to teach English while living in Japan have a higher chance of finding other jobs aside from teaching English.

You need to consider what category of students you would like to teach. If you have no Business English background, a corporate teaching job would be hard for you. If you are not fond of kids, English teaching to children is not a good choice or else, you will be working unhappily. Stay focus on what you can and want to do. Then you will find a rewarding English teaching job.

Real Estate

There are real estate companies in Japan targeting ex-pats who are looking for a house to buy or to rent. Real estate agents who have business level English skills are a great help to these companies in sales and to ex-pats in finding the best place to stay. 

What should you have to become a real estate agent in Japan? First, is a university degree. Second, you need to get a visa that allows you to work as an agent. But if you don’t know how to speak Japanese, your clients will be limited to foreigners only. It will also help you to become a licensed real estate agent.

Service Staff

May your job is as cashier, front desk, waiter or manager, international hotels and restaurants in Japan hire English speakers. All throughout the year, a number of tourists visit Japan, where English speaker workers can help them. In most job posts you can find online, these hotels specifically require good English skills.

You can check the Best 5 Star Hotels in Tokyo to know some of these hotels.

Engineer and IT

Engineer Working | FAIR StudyJapanese companies in the automotive, construction, engineering and IT industries are hiring skilled workers rather than offshoring their operations. In order for someone to land in these jobs in Japan, you have to be skilled in your home country. Some companies are looking for bilingual workers. The required number of workers may go high or low, but there is always a job for English speakers.

Recruitment and Human Resource

From being an English teacher, some who wanted a career change ends up to be recruiters for reputable companies and agencies. Recruiters or headhunters earn a good income by the commission. There are openings for part-time and full-time positions.

Foreign Company Staff

There are foreign companies that operate in Japan that employ English-speaking workers as their assistants or staff. Other positions are filled through company transfer or overseas hiring. But there are Japanese companies that are expanding globally that hire foreigners, too.

Like any other country, finding a job in Japan is not easy. Others would choose to marry locals to be able to find work easily. But surely, everyone who chooses to live and work in Japan is an additional workforce and can live a satisfying and happy life. Wish to know what companies are hiring? Visit Japan’s top job sites.

Top Job Sites in Japan

JET ProgrammeThe Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme

If you desire to be an English language teacher in Japan, try the JET Programme. It promotes international exchange between Japan and other countries, sending foreign teachers to Japanese schools. You can see complete information about the currently available positions and the requirements to join the program.

GaijinPotGaijinPot Jobs

Gaijin is the Japanese word for foreigners. Obviously, it contains jobs for foreigners, even for those who know no Japanese. The job site is very comprehensive. You can see a variety of positions from different industries and offers full-time and part-time jobs. 


In service to bilingual and multilingual people since 1998, this website offers a wide range of opportunities in different industries – IT, banking, automotive and food industries. You also can customize your search by job category, industry and language or even make a quick search according to your preference.

Jobs in JapanJOBS in Japan

This site’s homepage will give you the feeling of coming to Japan. It gives you the choice of, not only to look for a job of your preference but, searching by prefecture. It also offers other jobs that you can’t see from other job sites.

printed titleTokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners (Nishi Shinjuku Center)

This website is full of job-related information for those who are living and looking for a job in Japan. The center, a public employment office run by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, specializes in providing job counseling and placement services for non-Japanese students and specialists or technical experts.

Click our 50 Most Important Japanese Phrases for Travelers and start to learn basic Japanese.

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