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Approximately 67% of privately financed international students in Japan engage in part-time work. The average monthly earnings from such jobs are approximately 59,000 yen (413 USD). Because it will not be possible to cover all school and learning expenses through part-time work alone, students are advised to engage in financial planning that does not rely on such temporary employment alone.
When engaging in part-time work in Japan, you must abide by the conditions stated below. Failure to do so may result in punishment and even deportation. 1. Apply for "permission to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted" at the nearest immigration services bureau. 2. The part-time work does not affect your studies. 3. The earned income is meant to supplement your academic cost and necessary expenses and not for saving or for remittance overseas. 4. The part-time work engaged in is not in adult entertainment businesses. Note: Prohibited by law. 5. Within 28 hours a week (up to eight hours a day during the long school holidays) 6. The part-time work is done while you retain student status in an educational institution.
Key points to consider when deciding on part-time work:
Do not get distracted from your purpose--studying in Japan -- or work so hard that you damage your health.
Will this job hinder to your studies?
Will you be affected the following day by working long hours or late at night?
Wages and payment method
Are your wages paid daily, weekly or monthly? Are your wages paid in cash or via bank transfer?
Is the work safe?
Is your working environment safe? Is there insurance against on-the-job accidents? Ask the school to refer you to part-time jobs.
Every year, we see international students who are forced to leave Japan as they cannot extend their period of authorized stay in the country due to their low school-attendance rates because they work part-time and neglect their studies. You have to be very careful not to let this situation happen.
Types of part-time job in which international students are employed
Teaching or research assistant
Hourly Wage for Part-Time Work
Less than 800 yen
800 to less than 1,000 yen
1,000 to less than 1,200 yen
1,200 to less than 1,400 yen
More than 1,400 yen
Beware of frauds and scams promising high-paying jobs while studying in Japan
In recent years, some study abroad brokers have been spreading the following misinformation, so please be careful.
"It is possible to earn 3,000 yen (21USD) per hour working part-time." ⇒ False: The average hourly wage for such work is approximately 1,000 yen (7USD).
"With the ability to earn 200,000 to 300,000 yen a month at part-time jobs while studying in Japan, students can pay for school and living expenses and also send money home." ⇒ False: This is not possible. As noted above, the average for such monthly earnings is around 59,000 yen (413USD).
*Calculated at the exchange rate of 140 yen per 1USD.
Source: 2021 Lifestyle Survey of Privately Financed International Students (JASSO)