In order to work and lead a safe and comfortable life in Japan, it is very important to know of Japanese labor and workplace habits and customs. Please take on the knowledge and information about work and training in this section (E), and lead a comfortable working lifestyle.
When you seek a job in Japan, it is necessary to have status of residence. First confirm your status of residence before seeking a place of work.
1-1 Seeking a job
(1) Employment situation in Japan
The biggest difference between customs in workplaces in Japan and those in other countries is that unfortunately, there are many cases where contracts are not exchanged. In terms of preventing problems before they occur, it is important to check working conditions carefully before you are employed.
Even in cases where contracts are not exchanged, it is desirable to have your employer clarify the working conditions and issue them to you in writing. In addition, it is important to make use of the Notice of Employment Conditions (rodo joken tsuchisho) created by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (available in six languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog).
Source: For Foreign Nationals Wishing to Work in Japan, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare