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Life in Tokyo: Your Guide is a lifestyle guidebook published for non-Japanese residents by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs to help them begin their new life in Tokyo. From the moment you enter the country, this guide has all the information you need to live your day-to-day life. You will even discover advice from fellow expats who have been living in the city for some time, providing extra knowledge that is sure to come in useful. Let this guide kickstart your new life in Tokyo!

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Work consultation centers and the system for working in Japan

Qualifications to work

Your status of residence determines the range of work you can do in Japan. Even if your status of residence does not permit work, you might be granted permission if you submit an application to engage in an activity other than that permitted. (e.g. There is a limit to the number of hours an international student can work.)

Searching for work

There are consultation desks in Tokyo for foreigners seeking employment (reservations are required for English/Chinese language support).

Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners Shinjuku Foreigners’ Employment Assistance and Guidance Center
Address 21F, 2-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 1F, 2-42-10 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Hours 10 am – 6 pm 8:30 am – 5:15 pm
Phone 03-5339-8625 03-3204-8609
Eligibility International students who seek employment in Japan after graduation and people who hold work visas (with restrictions on employment in Japan) People who can work without restriction (e.g. permanent residents, long-term residents, and spouses of Japanese citizens) and international students seeking part-time work
Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
Address
21F, 2-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Hours
10 am – 6 pm
Phone
03-5339-8625
Eligibility
International students who seek employment in Japan after graduation and people who hold work visas (with restrictions on employment in Japan)
Shinjuku Foreigners’ Employment Assistance and Guidance Center
Address
1F, 2-42-10 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Hours
8:30 am – 5:15 pm
Phone
03-3204-8609
Eligibility
People who can work without restriction (e.g. permanent residents, long-term residents, and spouses of Japanese citizens) and international students seeking part-time work

* Aside from these, you can consult the Japanese government’s employment service center (Hello Work) about searching for work (in Japanese only).

For details

  • Hello Work *This website is written in Japanese.

Employment insurance system

This is a public insurance system to help you with living expenses when you become unemployed until you find your next job.

Type Details
Basic allowance
(unemployment benefit)
Can be received for a fixed period when your job was terminated or when you cannot find a job.
Childcare leave benefit Can be received when taking a long break from work to raise a child.
Nursing care leave benefit Can be received when taking a long break from work to care for a family member.
Basic allowance (unemployment benefit)
Can be received for a fixed period when your job was terminated or when you cannot find a job.
Childcare leave benefit
Can be received when taking a long break from work to raise a child.
Nursing care leave benefit
Can be received when taking a long break from work to care for a family member.

*Conditions apply.

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Deduction system(tax, various insurance premiums, etc.)

Companies will deduct taxes and insurance premiums from salaries on behalf of employees. For this reason, various payments are deducted from the amount of pay actually received. The main expenses deducted are as follows:
Health insurance premiums, employees’ pension insurance premiums, nursing care insurance premiums (only for those aged 40-64), employment insurance premiums, income tax, and residents’ tax.

Payment of taxes and insurance premiums is an obligation for those who work, and is an important system supporting the lives of Japanese residents.

Seasoned residents say

  • Learn Japanese business etiquette as soon as possible (bowing, proper use of language, handing over business cards, etc.)

  • When working in Japan, even if you’re a foreign resident, you are required to make various payments (insurance, pension, taxes).