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Q&A

  • Q
  • How much is the minimum wage in Tokyo?

Answer

The minimum wage depends on prefectures.  Hourly wage in Tokyo is 958 yen.  In Kanagawa, the hourly wage is 956 yen. 

If you have a contract with your employer with less than the minimum wage, it is legally invalid.  You can ask your employer to pay the difference. 

  • Q
  • Is there a fixed working hour or time?

Answer

In Japan, the law states that employers cannot have their employees work more than 8 hours a day and more than 40 hours a week.

If working hours is more than 6 hours a day, it is necessary for the employers to give their employees a break of over 45 minutes.  If it is more than 8 hours, break time must be more than 1 hour. 

About holidays, the law states that at least 1 day a week or more than 4 days in 4 weeks must be given.

  • Q
  • Do the same law applies to foreign workers are Japanese?

Answer

Yes.

Basic Labor Law, Labor Contract Law, the minimum wage, Industrial Safety and Health Act, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance Act and other Labor Standards apply to foreign workers are well. 

  • Q
  • Are there any organizations or consultations about labor issues in English or Tagalog?

Answer

In case that your employer does not pay your overtime fee or you are fired without any notice, please visit “Gaikokujin Rodosha Sodoan Corner (Advisory Services for Foreigner Workers)” in Tokyo Labor Bureau. 

You may also call “Gaikokujin Rodosha Muke Sodan Dial (Telephone Consultation Services for Foreign Workers ) by Ministry of Health, Labor Standards. 

Please see below for your inquiry:

Advisory Services for Foreigner Workers

Telephone Consultation Services for Foreign Workers

  • Q
  • How do I find a job?

Answer

If you have work permit (depends on your type of status of residence), Public Employment Service Office near you (or in your town), “Hello Work” can counsel or introduce jobs according to your interest, experience, or academic background. 

There are about 600 branches all over Japan.  They are connected by online system.  You can check available job offers anywhere in Japan. 

Visit the office near you.  Also, Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners can provide the service in foreign languages. 

Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners

You can check some websites or applications for foreign job seekers

For example: Job information website dedicated to foreigners living in Japan. Download from below

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