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Apr 22, 2024
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Remote Work is being Common

Have you ever wanted to work from home in Japan? You would think it would be difficult to find a job in Japan that allows you to work from home. However, the fact is that Japan’s online job market has been increasing and remote work is becoming more common!

This article will introduce you to typical online jobs you can apply for in Japan.

Popular Remote Jobs in Japan

Online English Teacher

In Japan, it is common for everyone from adults to children to learn English online. eikaiwas (English conversation school) is particularly popular, with many people seeking opportunities to actually use English.

Teaching Adults

To find online English conversation jobs for adults in Japan, it is wise to look for an eikaiwa (English conversation school). In most cases, eikaiwa class sizes are limited, ranging from one-on-one tutoring to small groups of 6 to 8 students at most.

Wage: 1500 – 2500 yen / hour

Teaching Children

It is one of the most common jobs for foreigners in Japan to be an online English teacher for children now. The pay for teaching children appears to be on Japan’s higher end of online jobs, averaging around two to three times more per hour than teaching adults can earn.

However, it is wise to remember that kids can often be quite a handful, and the difficulty of keeping them engaged in the lesson are magnified by the fact that you will not teach them face-to-face.

Wage: 2000 – 4000 yen / hour

Freelance Writer

Freelance writing jobs are now being offered by many magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs. You can write about anything from daily life in Japan to hidden culture. For those who love to write and are creative while delving deep into a subject, this is an ideal opportunity to earn some extra money.

In fact, the recent surge in tourism has increased the demand for foreign-language content. Many companies are looking for writers who can handle a variety of foreign languages, including English!

Wage: Varies, paid per article or depending on article length (usually around 5000 yen per 500 to 800-word article)

Translator (Japanese)

Translating work is typically very plentiful at any time, but most will be freelancing rather than working for a company.

The language level of competence depends on the job’s language requirement. On the other hand, Japanese level JLPT N2 is enough to start working as a translator in Japan to translate Japanese content into any different language.

Some translation companies, such as Joho Translation, hire freelancers directly from their websites, so you should check these companies out and apply to increase your chances of getting translation work.

Typical salary: 1500 – 3000 yen / hour

Online Surveys

Taking surveys is one of the most straightforward online jobs you can do in Japan if you want to make a little extra on the side. All it needs is a bit of effort by doing some mouse clicks.

In Japan, survey agencies have gathered data for firms trying to get more insights about their market or customer demand. Companies are now looking for particular individuals to take surveys via advertisements based on ethnicity, gender, health status, job, or school status.

The pay can go from 500 yen to 10,000 yen per survey, depending on the type of survey you take, the uniqueness, and the number of questions. Typically medical surveys tend to pay at the top end of this pay scale, and some may even require you to physically go to a location.

The two firms listed below are the most popular and aim to cater primarily to foreigners. Each company does both online and offline surveys.

Wage: 500 – 10000 yen per survey

Websites: YOLOJapan GaikokuJin

Virtual Assistant

Many employers, especially smaller companies and startups, usually do not have enough backup to offer a full-time job, but they still need extra support.

People are searching for virtual assistants in all languages. Moreover, these positions typically don’t need any prior experience. Almost all of the virtual assistant positions typically involve helping out with very particular tasks.

The duties you will do are likely to depend on the type of project you are working on. Not to worry, training is expected to be offered. Often, these assignments would be allocated because either the company owner lacks the time or the resources to perform them.

Wage: Around 1500 yen per hour depending on skill requirements

Ready to get Remote Work in Japan?

As you have seen, remote work is becoming more common in Japan and there are many types of jobs. Please consider remote work as an option for working in Japan, and work in a way that fits your life!

You can find a Remote job via Guidable Jobs as well!

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