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日本で生活するための情報 / Information for living in Japan

Employment

1)Permission to work

You cannot obtain residence status simply by submitting an application for recognition of refugee status. If you apply for refugee status without already holding some form of residence status, you will not be given a permit that allows you to reside or work in Japan while your application is being processed. However if you already hold a current temporary residence status when you apply for refugee status you may obtain a certificate that allows you to work legally. However, if your refugee status application is declined at first instance, your residence status and permission to work will also be cancelled.

In order to apply for Permission to Engage in Activities Other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted, you must submit the appropriate application form and relevant documents to the Immigration Bureau. For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Justice at http://www.moj.go.jp/ONLINE/IMMIGRATION/16-8.html (Japanese only). The form can be downloaded at http://www.moj.go.jp/ONLINE/IMMIGRATION/16-8.html

2)Looking for a job

The following document discusses about the basic informatin for job seaching in Japan.

The Manual for Searching Jobs in Japan

It may be difficult for foreigners who cannot speak Japanese to find a job, regardless of the residence status they hold.

If you have refugee status, special permission for residence (Long Term Resident status), or permission to work, you can contact a local Public Employment Security Office ("Hello Work") for free advice about finding employment. They also offer an online job search site at http://www.hellowork.go.jp (Japanese only).
You could also visit one of the Employment Service Centres for Foreigners, which are Public Employment Security Offices that specialise in placement services and offer job-related information to foreigners living in Japan. Access the website of the Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners at http://www.tfemploy.go.jp, or the Osaka Center at http://www.gakusen-unet.ocn.ne.jp/gaisen-homepage/gaisen-index.htm. These websites provide information on job offers for foreigners, and on other Hello Work offices with foreign language assistance.
Of the refugees who visit JAR, many say that they have found jobs job through friends from the same country. Others look for job opportunities through advertisements in English newspapers, free papers for foreigners, and job information magazines.

English language newspapers

You can find job advertisements in the Japan Times every Monday and in the Daily Yomiuri every Wednesday. The Japan Times also runs a job search website at http://job.japantimes.com/index_j.php?, although it is recommended to check job ads in the papers regularly.

Free newspapers for foreigners

Tokyo Notice Board is a weekly English paper distributed at places such as the Tower Record and HMV shops. It carries information not only on job opportunities, but also on events, guesthouses and apartments for foreigners. Its website is at http://www.tokyonoticeboard.co.jp

Job search website

Dai Job Inc introduces job information in both Japanese and English at http://www.daijob.com/ .