Frequently Asked Questions by Job Seekers

Most companies require at least N3 level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) before coming to Japan, in order to understand instructions at work. In most cases, Japanese study will continue after arrival in Japan and after a year applicants are expected to reach N2 level.

Depending on the company and position, Staffing Japan may help you find suitable accommodation, or you may be housed in a company dormitory. In some places, especially Tokyo, you may be able to work with an English speaking real estate agent like our group company, Japan Home Search to secure your own housing.

Due to the great disparities in companies, positions and locations, this question is possible to answer. Basic costs of living like food, utilities (water, gas, electricity), and communications (internet, cell phone) will depend on your individual circumstances and choices. You can find more information about cost of living in Japan on our group company’s website, ReloJapan.

Income tax, resident tax, social insurance, etc. will be deducted your salary as required by law.

It depends on the company and position, but standard working hours in Japan is 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week with a 1 hour break. If there is overtime, it will be paid overtime.

You will need to prepare for travel expenses, health diagnostic costs, and visa application costs as well as living expenses until you receive your first salary. The actual costs of this will depend on your individual circumstances and choices.

Frequently Asked Questions by Employers

That depends on a variety of factors such as nationality, but it generally takes about two or three months from the start of the certificate of eligibility application for a new hire to arrive in Japan.

Trainees are generally allowed to stay in Japan between 3 and 5 years. Staff on a technology visas, however, may be eligible for stays longer than 5 years. A education level is the main driver of any differences between trainee visas.

It depends on the demands of the staff and the company, but most will reach at least N3 level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) before arriving in Japan.