What might prevent you from getting a part-time job

There is one certain thing that will prevent you from getting a job no matter how good your Japanese is or how many people you can get to introduce you. It’s tattoo. If you have a visible tattoo on your arms, hands or face, 99% you won’t be accepted to any store. A tattoo is like the symbol the Japanese mafia (yakuza), and no store owner would want to hire someone like that. They don’t want their customers to think that they hire mafia to work for them. If you job doesn’t require you to interact with customers, then the manager might consider giving you the job. But there’s a very small chance in that. A tattoo doesn’t give people a very good first impression of you, and if they don’t like you right from the beginning, they’re not going to give you a job.


There’s one thing I must mention, though it’s pretty obvious. If you don’t have a valid work permit, you cannot work in Japan, part-time or real job. Most people get their work permit at the airport upon their arrival in Japan. The serial number of a permit is attached on a page of your passport, right next to your Japan Visa. The statement that a foreign student can work no more than 28 hours a week is written on the back of your resident card (在留カード), which you will be given at the airport. In some rare cases that you don’t receive your work permit at the airport, you can ask your school to help you apply for one. Some schools might be strict and won’t allow you to have a work permit to work after at least 1 or 2 months. However, most schools want to support their student to pay for various fees so you shouldn’t have problem asking for a work permit.

There’s another thing that will 100% prevent you from getting a part-time job, yet many people tend to ignore. If you are a student and work more than 28 hours a week, the Japanese government will revoke your work permit. They’ll never allow you to have a part-time job again and no store will hire someone who doesn’t have a work permit. It’s against the law. If you deceive a store somehow and they decide to hire you, things will get worse if they or the government find out that you’re working without a valid permit. You will be sent back to your home country and banned from entering Japan permanently. Ask yourself, is earning some extra money a week really worth the risk?

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