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Study & Work in Japan

When you hear "Japan," what image does that evoke? History and culture? Science and technology? While the country has broadcast its appeals as a study-abroad or tourism destination, the Japanese government would also like to attract people who want to learn in Japan and highly-skilled professionals from around the world who are interested in working  or starting a business in Japan.

Studying in Japan

Japan is actively accepting students from abroad as a part of our “300,000 Foreign Students Plan.” For more, please visit our dedicated page for the Japan Student Services Organization.

Study in Japan (Japan Student Services Organization)External site: a new window will open

The conditions for a student visa (status of residence), which should be acquired when studying in Japan, are detailed below.

Immigration Procedures (Gateway to Study in Japan)External site: a new window will open

Initiative for Development and Circulation of Highly-skilled Human Resources by the Government

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs runs "Innovative Asia," an initiative to develop and circulate highly-skilled human resources in STEM from regions such as developing countries in Asia. The goal is to enable people to not only contribute to promoting innovation within the Japanese corporate sector but also to become the trusted nucleus of industrial development in their own countries.

Career Search Support Program by the Government

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) provides a program to help students who came to Japan through these and other initiatives to find employment.

Studying Japanese

Learning Japanese will enrich your life in Japan, and Japanese language ability may be considered an advantage when applying to study abroad or to find a job. If you are interested in Japan, we encourage you to challenge yourself and learn the language as well.

Japanese Language Learning-related Information Provided by the Government

Working in Japan

Japan is a developed nation with safety and economic scale that ranks among the best in the world. What Japan seeks in order to continue growing economically is innovation. From R&D to new businesses, innovation is created by talented people.

Status of Residence Available to Highly-skilled Professionals

In order to stay in Japan, you will need a “status of residence” linked to the purpose of your stay or your field of employment. Here, we will verify whether you can acquire a status of residence that matches your desired employment type.

A Quick Check of Status of Residence

Select occupational category

Preferential Treatment for Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals

The Japanese government has established a system of preferential treatment in order to accelerate the inflow of highly-skilled foreign professionals to the country. Points are awarded based on education and work experience, with applicants having 70 or more points receiving various preferential treatments in terms of entry and residence. Professionals with 80 or more points can apply for permanent resident status after one year of residency.
For more, please refer to the dedicated area of the Ministry of Justice website.

Career Search by Foreign Students

Students already studying in Japan will likely be planning for their careers alongside their Japanese peers. Japanese career search has some unusual characteristics, such as the employer practice of hiring new graduates en masse in April. Your first step should be to gather information about career search in Japan.

Prospective Entrepreneurs

The Japanese government is engaged in a number of initiatives to promote entrepreneurial activity by foreign nationals. We support entrepreneurs and startups that launch business in Japan.

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