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Part-time Employment

Before Commencing Part-Time Employment

In order for international students to engage in part-time employment, it is necessary that they first obtain a “permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted.”
Applications by students for whom a “permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted” is necessary shall be made by the student to the Immigration Bureau of Japan. The scope of this permission is as follows:

Enrollment Type Time Employment Type
Students Within 28 hours a week Part-time employment is not allowed in sex-related industries, or in locations in which sex-related activities are undertaken.
Research students working on
a research theme
Within 28 hours a week
Pre-College Student /
Non-Degree Student
Within 14 hours a week

A passport and a “supporting document” are necessary to apply for permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted. The “supporting document” will be issued by the university.

Employment Without a Permission to Engage in Activities Other than Those Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted

If a person engages in any form of activity for which they receive remuneration without having received a permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted, in addition to being fined, in a worst-case scenario there is the possibility of the person being forcibly deported from Japan. Furthermore, even in cases where a “permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted” has been obtained, if a person’s hours of employment are found to be in excess of the number of hours permitted, or a person works at a prohibited place of employment, in addition to being fined, in a worst-case scenario there is the possibility of the person being forcibly deported from Japan.

Even if students have no plans to engage in part-time employment, it is possible to obtain a permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted. Students are advised to take measures that allow them to apply for permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted at the same time they are conducting status of residence procedures.

Please note that in the following cases it is acceptable to receive remuneration, even if the student has not obtained a permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted. Before engaging in such activities, however, it is recommended that students consult with International Center staff.

  • Receiving money as thanks for helping a friend move house.
  • Conducting a lecture in response to a request from an international exchange organization, etc., and receiving money as thanks for such.

Things to be Aware of When Engaging in Part-Time Employment

Considering that Japan is an expensive country in which to live, it can be rather difficult to enjoy a stable lifestyle that is conducive to continued study if a student is solely reliant on financial support sent to them from their home country. Furthermore, undertaking part-time employment can be a valuable experience for students in terms of giving them contact with Japanese people outside the university, thus allowing both for a better understanding of Japanese culture, and the opportunity to improve Japanese language skills. Students should not restrict themselves to university life only; rather they should try and get out into Japanese society.

At the same time, however, students should be aware that sometimes there are cases of part-time employment wages not being paid, and cases of people being arbitrarily dismissed from part-time employment. As such, before engaging in any part-time employment, it is very important to talk to potential employers about the follows sorts of issue. Furthermore, either notes should be taken regarding what is discussed in such situations, or employment advertisements should be kept rather than being discarded.

  • Matters related to the hours of employment such as work days, work hours, and the number of days to be worked, etc.
  • Matters related to the place of employment.
  • Matters related to remuneration such as hourly wage rates, transportation expenses, and overtime allowances, etc.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the Japanese work environment is very strict with regard to issues of lateness and unauthorized absence. As such, please strictly observe work schedules. If for some urgent reason students are unable to attend their part-time employment, they should contact their employer before the time they are scheduled to commence work.

Handling Trouble Related to Part-Time Employment

If students fail to receive part-time employment pay, or are arbitrarily dismissed from part-time employment, etc., it is possible to consult with the Labour Standards Inspection Office of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, etc. If such instances occur, please first consult with International Center staff.

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