View Full Version : Computer jobs in Japan?

March 30th, 2009, 11:29
I'm a (hopefully) incoming JET, and I want to try to find a job for my fiance in Japan. He is a computer programmer, writes small software, and cannot speak Japanese.

Do you know anywhere I can search for non-teaching jobs in Japan?
Any suggestions how I can go about looking for computer jobs when I get to Japan?

I don't yet know where I'll be placed, of course....

March 30th, 2009, 12:05
Getting jobs in anything other than teaching is pretty hard as a foreigner, especially if you don't speak Japanese. A friend of mine is in a similar situation since he wants to work in Japan for a while after graduation, but he hasn't been able to find anything in his field. This is even after studying abroad and taking Japanese classes for two or three years.

You probably already know this, but his best bet would definitely be teaching English at a conversation school. If not, the most foreign workers I saw when studying abroad were all in restaurants and convenience stores. It may not be impossible to find him something computer-related, but it might be safer looking for jobs he can do from home.

I don't know how reliable this place is, but here are some tech job offerings:

gaijinpot.com also has job listings IIRC, but I don't personally know anyone who has used either of these sites for a job so I can't vouch one way or another for them.

Good luck to both of you :)

March 30th, 2009, 12:38
Not that it would be helpful at this point, but I did see a 300,000 yen a month job listing for an English speaking computer programmer in Japan a few weeks ago. I didn't pick up all the details of the job, so I couldn't tell you much about it other than that it involved translation, thus required some fluency in Japanese and English. I'm pretty sure it was on Dave's ESL Cafe (http://www.eslcafe.com/), but I could be wrong.

March 30th, 2009, 12:48
yeah my boyfriend is going with me and he was a mac genius and i was wondering if he would be able to get a job doing some computer related work as well, but honestly those types of jobs are probably only in or near tokyo so if you aren't close enough it probably wouldn't work out.

March 30th, 2009, 12:50
How can your boyfirned go with you?

March 30th, 2009, 15:51
My husband is a computer programmer, but we don't think he has a prayer of getting a job in his field unless he gets his Japanese up to JLPT 2 level and we move to Tokyo... He was doing some telecommuting for an American company for a while.

If your significant other doesn't speak Japanese, it will be very, very difficult to find anything other than English teaching gigs. Even if he can speak Japanese, almost all of the international type companies that are looking to hire bilingual speakers are in Tokyo, not whatever random location you may get placed...

April 3rd, 2009, 08:59
but honestly those types of jobs are probably only in or near tokyo so if you aren't close enough it probably wouldn't work out.

I have a friend that works as programmer in Tokyo who speaks almost no Japanese. I would agree such positions would only be in Tokyo or Osaka with an even smaller selection.

April 3rd, 2009, 17:01
tell him to apply for a mext scholarship and learn Japanese.

April 4th, 2009, 21:25
A friend of mine in Tsukuba did that, though I'm not sure if it was a MEXT scholarship. She had to go pass an intensive summer long language immersion program before she started classes, and I think that included learning all of the Joyo kanji. She said it was pretty hard, but she had only been in Japan for about a year with no prior language experience, and she was probably pushing 2kyu level when I met her.