IT Jobs

I spent time in 2002 looking for a job in software development in Tokyo. Along the way, I also came up with a few other possibilities. This is a summary of my findings.

Software development

It seems that most software development work for foreigners in Tokyo is at financial companies. If you know all about “front office”, “derivatives”, “trade entry” and so on, then you’re all over it. Otherwise you’ll have some research to do… as I did.

Salaries for this kind of work seem to be around 7-12 million yen, maybe less, and maybe much more if you’re lucky and good. They look for C++ and database skills mostly. Java, VB, Web skills and XML might also help in some cases.

Entry-level IT

Entry-level IT jobs for foreigners are apparently very hard to come by. Most are at local companies, so they require people who can speak, read and write Japanese. And as for entry-level IT skills, the locals are fine, so they will always be easier to hire. No language issues, no visa hassles, and less worry that they will head off overseas after a year. Salaries could be around 4-6 million.

Systems admin

I have heard that mid-level IT support work is more available. This is a case where there is more of a skills shortage, so companies are willing to hire foreigners. Salaries I have heard of are low compared to other countries though — about 3-5 million yen.

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38 comments on “IT Jobs”

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  1. 19
    Denis said (23 August 2008 at 10:34 pm)

    Hi,

    I’m Denis Litvinenko from Ukraine. I’m have experience in Oracle and MS SQL. Also I currently working with OLAP on one company in USA.

    Му English is intermediete. I think that my japanese is basic (never have pass any exam…), but im keeÑ€ to learn. I had started few month ago.

    Have I any chance to find job in Japan? What recruitment agency would you recomend for more information?

  2. 20
    robert petreski said (5 October 2008 at 8:00 pm)

    HI.I am live in macedonia and i want ti live and work in japan i am 19 years old please find me job thank you

  3. 21
    Karl Ojeda said (7 October 2008 at 9:58 am)

    Hi. I’m Karl a Filipino living in the United States. I am aspiring to work and live in Japan. I am 19 and studying Computer Science-Computer Engineering at the same time. Do you have any advice that i should do to be able to work in japan. After Graduation do I have to have a job experience just to work for companies in japan? my japanese is intermediate-good. though my grammar still needs more improvement. thank you and you have a very good website.

  4. 22
    HAMEEDNAWAZ said (8 March 2010 at 7:23 pm)

    am a currently residing in Pakistan, I got 1 years of experience working as a Network /System Support and administrator in PAKISTAN , I am much more interested to work in Japan. (posted: 2010-03-08)

  5. 23
    Edmon BArriga said (28 May 2010 at 1:19 pm)

    hello, i am looking for a job in japan in an IT sector, im 25 years of age, and have a technical skills in networking and hardware servicing. im form Philippines and im willing to be trained and work under pressure. plz email me at edmon_quinonez@yahoo.com

  6. 24
    Virendra said (22 June 2010 at 2:47 pm)

    H! my name is virendra i am indian i recently passout Master Degree in IT and doing internship in japan my internship will be ended july-2010 but i am searching job here but until no reply be’z they want minimum 2-3 years exp
    plz tell me how i can find job here as some IT exp.

  7. 25
    Virendra said (22 June 2010 at 2:48 pm)

    H! my name is virendra i am indian i recently passout Master Degree in IT and doing internship in japan my internship will be ended july-2010 but i am searching job here but until no reply be’z they want minimum 2-3 years exp
    plz tell me how i can find job here as some IT exp.
    plz mail me virendra_5r@yahoo.co.in

  8. 26
    md khalid said (1 July 2010 at 8:22 pm)

    i am 22 and have completed m.sc computer science and intrested to work in japan .if any one help me please contact me at

    Mail at : mkgauri@gmail.com

  9. 27
    dinar said (3 July 2010 at 6:03 pm)

    I think this page is about getting some knowledge to find a job in japan and so many stupid people start applying job here let me clarify it for indians bhai log yahan koi job ka advertise nahin luga hay jahan koi mangay waheen hee batao tum keya ho aur keya kertay hoo yeah na dekhao kay tum bilqul he chootiyay hoo

  10. 28
    Chistabo said (27 December 2010 at 11:57 am)

    Yea, Dinar, way to go! Should not be so harsh on people, they are looking for better life, as everybody else.

    Have fun,

    Keep your head up, changes are coming,

    Simon

  11. 29
    Md Rezaul Karim said (16 April 2011 at 10:05 pm)

    Dir Sir/Madam
    I am a Bangladeshi citizen. I have complete my MSc Network and Computer Systems Security from University of Greenwich. I am looking for a IT job in japan. If any body can help to find out IT job in japan without experience really that will be great help for my life. Thanks

  12. 30
    Md Rezaul Karim said (16 April 2011 at 10:07 pm)

    Dir Sir/Madam
    I am a Bangladeshi citizen. I have complete my MSc Network and Computer Systems Security from University of Greenwich London. I am looking for a IT job in japan. If any body can help to find out IT job in japan without experience really that will be great help for my life.
    Please help me.
    Thanks.

  13. 31
    reiko said (31 August 2011 at 8:40 pm)

    i can aply any job in japan

  14. 32
    Md. Didarul Alam said (25 September 2012 at 5:06 pm)

    Dir Sir/Madam
    I am a Bangladeshi citizen. I have complete computer Typing and best experience really that will be great help for my life.
    Please help me.
    Thanks.

    Md. Didarul Alam.

  15. 33
    Amarpreet Kaur said (22 April 2013 at 1:28 am)

    I am Amarpreet from India. Have around 9 years of experience in software industry. Worked with HSBC GLT (1 year) and Fujitsu consulting (8 years). Moving to japan with my husband. Looking out for a job in Yokohama area.

  16. 34
    M Sunil Kumar said (29 July 2014 at 6:54 pm)

    Hello All,

    I am M Sunil Kumar a Post Graduate (M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur) and looking to settle myself in Japan. If there are any vacancy positions of Senior . Net Developer in any organisation based in Japan, Could you Please find attached a copy of my resume for your consideration.

    Having worked within the industry for over 5.8 years, I have developed a wide range of skills that would meet, and exceed the expectations for the role. In my present role as a Technology Analyst for Infosys Technologies, I have had many achievements, including Development of Web Applications and Support.

    I would relish the opportunity to bring this level of success to your company. If you would like to get in touch to discuss my application and to arrange an interview, you can contact me via +919502982802 and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Total Experience :5.8
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