Are you considering working in Japan while you are studying? Approximately 75% of privately financed international students in Japan are working part-time (this is called "arubaito" or just "baito" in Japanese).
When engaging in part-time work in Japan, you must abide by the conditions stated below. Failure to do so may result in punishment and even deportation.
Apply for permission to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted at the nearest immigration bureau. Persons entering Japan for the first time who have the “Student” status of residence and will be residing in the country for more than three months may apply to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted at an airport, etc. when landing permission is issued.
The part-time work does not affect your studies.
The earned income is meant to supplement your academic cost and necessary expenses and not for saving or for remittance overseas.
The part-time work engaged in is not in adult entertainment businesses. Note: Prohibited by law
Within 28 hours a week (up to eight hours a day during the long school holidays).
The part-time work is done while you retain student status in an educational institution.
Please note that every year, international students are forced to leave Japan as they cannot extend their period of authorized stay in the country due to their low school-attendance rates because they work part-time and neglect their studies. You have to be very careful not to let this situation happen.
Do not get distracted from your purpose—studying in Japan—or work so hard that you damage your health.
- Will this job hinder to your studies?
Will you be affected the following day by working long hours or late at night?
- Wages and payment method
Are your taxes being paid? Are your wages paid daily, weekly or monthly? Are your wages paid in cash or via bank transfer?
- Is the work safe?
Is your working environment safe? Is there insurance against on-the-job accidents? Ask the school you are enrolled in to provide you with information on good potential part-time jobs for you.
*Beware of frauds and scams promising high-paying jobs while studying in Japan
Be wary of “Study in Japan” agents who give you false or misleading information such as:
“You can earn 3,000 yen (about US $26) per hour working part-time.”
→The average hourly wage is about 900 yen (about US $8).
“You’ll be able to earn 200,000 to 300,000 yen a month working at a part-time job while studying in Japan; you’ll be able to cover your school and living expenses and send money home.”
→This is not possible. (The average is around 50,000 yen [US $439].)
Student Guide to Japan 2017-2018 | JASSO
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