The COVID-19 Hiring Situation in Japan [Updated 6/18]

At the Japan Careers Program and Sakae Japan Internship Program,

we are committed to our applicants and would like to help provide some clarity regarding our program's current situation and the hiring situation in Japan. As of May 27th, the Japanese border essentially remains closed to non-Japanese citizens who are coming from countries impacted by the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. (More details can be found on the Japanese Ministry of Justice website: Because of this restriction, the Japanese immigration office has stopped issuing visas for anyone living outside of Japan.

UPDATE: (June 15, 2020) Japan Today has reported that the Japanese government is considering allowing a limited number of travelers to enter Japan from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam starting in the summer. We will continue to update this post as changes occur and more finalized details have been determined.

After the Japanese government announced the state of emergency which has since been lifted, most Japanese companies have installed remote work systems, allowing many people to work remotely from home. Because the situation has been very unpredictable and unstable, many Japanese companies have also temporarily paused hiring processes altogether.

However, the situation in Japan is gradually improving, and the Japanese government has been working to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. We continue to accept applications to our program, but please be aware that we expect any available positions for applicants outside of Japan to start no earlier than September. (This is subject to change according to the immigration situation and guidance from the Japanese government.) We will continue to process applications to our program, and applicants already in Japan will be able to proceed as normal, but please understand that the actual selection process cannot begin until we know that positions have become available again.

Regardless, we look forward to your application, and are determined to provide guidance wherever possible during these uncertain times.


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