Work abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in Japan requires more than just the obvious Japan resume writing and translation - it requires thorough preparation. You will experience problems that probably did not even come to your mind when you decided to get a job in Japan.
Do not take too lightly the influence a work in Japan can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, unfamiliar candidate selection criteria and exotic management culture.
Most visits to Japan are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Time: GMT + 9.
Telephone country code: 81
Internet country code: .jp
Annual vacation: Majority of Japan take annual vacations during school holidays.
- Golden Week holidays – between Apr 29 and May 5
- Summer holidays - between Jul 21 and Aug 29
- Autumn holidays - between Oct 6 and Oct10
- Winter holidays – between Dec 22 and Jan 7 of next year
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 12 Jan - Coming of Age Day
- 11 Feb - National Foundation Day
- 20 Mar - Vernal Equinox
- 29 Apr - Showa Day
- 3 May - Constitution Memorial Day
- 4 May - Greenery Day
- 5 May - Children's Day
- 20 July - Marine Day
- 21 Sept - Respect for the Aged Day
- 23 Sept - Autumnal Equinox
- 12 Oct - Sports Day
- 3 Nov - Culture Day
- 23 Nov - Labor Thanksgiving Day
- 23 Dec - Birthday of the Emperor
- Offices - usually Mon to Fri 09:00 – 17:00. Many companies operate a five-day week.
- Banks - Mon to Fri 09:00 – 15:00, Sat 09:00 – 12:00
- Stores – 10:00-19:00/20:00 every day of the week and on public holidays
Background: In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries, this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32, Japan occupied Manchuria and in 1937, it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decision-making power. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.
Climate: varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Ethnic groups: Japanese 99%, others 1% (Korean 511,262, Chinese 244,241, Brazilian 182,232, Filipino 89,851, other 237,914) (2000)
Other Japan Information
We hope that your Japan job search has been successful and your Japan visa is on the way to you. So, if your Japan cover letter and Japan resume or Rirekisho are ready, you may email them to your future employers and start preparing for a Japan job interview.
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