To Work In Japan, a foreigner must receive a job offer from a guarantor in Japan, and then apply for a working visa at an embassy or consulate outside the country.
Working visas are valid for a period of 3 months to 5 years, and may be used to secure employment at any employer within the scope of activities designated on the visa "including employers other than the guarantor".
Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals
Note that this is a special visa which is still one variation of the work visa; hence it is not possible to apply for this visa without a specific job or job offer from a Japanese sponsoring organization.
Points are awarded according to the applicant's educational and professional background, income and academic achievements based on a Fixed Point Chart Prepared By The Immigration Authorities, and if an applicant can prove that he/she scores 70 points or more, this special visa status is given. The length of this visa is 5 years. The holders of Highly Skilled Visa can have a faster access to Permanent Resident Visa.
Recently, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry "METI", established an information portal website "Open for Professionals", with strong intention to raise awareness of foreign highly-skilled professionals on this matter.
If you think you are "highly-skilled foreign professional", please send e-mail to the: firstname.lastname@example.org , on any question and clarification.
Working Holiday Programmes In Japan
The programmes are designed to provide the youth with wider opportunities for them to appreciate the culture and general way of life in the partner countries for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding between Japan and its partner countries.
Japan started the working holiday programmes first with Australia in 1980. As of 3rd July 2017, Japan has introduced the programmes with 18 countries/regions.
Note: To participate in the working holiday programmes, an applicant must satisfy several requirements. You can read more details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website.
Japan Association For Working Holiday Makers, provides help and advice to people visiting Japan on Working Holiday Visas and to Japanese youths planning to travel abroad. They also provide working holiday makers with a job referral service. Another important aspect of their work is to promote awareness of the Working Holiday Scheme in Japan.
No Japanese skills or formal teaching qualifications are required and your airfare is provided. Pay is slightly better than the language schools and, unlike at such a school, if you have a serious problem with your employer you can appeal to the JET program people for help. The JET program also has a small number of positions for international relations or sports coordinators, although these require some Japanese ability.
Foreigners with postgraduate education may be able to find jobs teaching English "or even other subjects" at Japanese universities, which offer better pay and working conditions than the English Conversation Industry.