When I first arrived in Japan in 2006, I had no idea how to find a job. Since then, I've made lots of connections in the developer community. Now I want to help other developers find interesting jobs here.
Interesting Developer Positions in Japan
Occasionally I get contacted by companies, usually startups, looking for English speaking developers in Japan. If you want me to let you know when new opportunities come up, sign up below.
Bilingual Events For Developers
The best way to find a job in Japan (or anywhere) is to build your own network. A great way to get started is by attending events in topics your interested in.
Most Japanese tech-related events are hosted using Doorkeeper. Japanese developers are normally welcoming of international people attending their events, so don't worry if you don't speak much Japanese.
If you aren't comfortable going to Japanese-speaking events, here are some bilingual events I recommend:
- Tokyo Rubyist Meetup
- Hacker News Meetup Tokyo / Kansai
- Tech Talk Tokyo
- Mobile Monday Tokyo
- Startup Weekend
- Tokyo Linux Users Group
- Tokyo iOS Meetup
- UX Talk Tokyo
- Ride the Lightning
Articles about working in Japan
I have written extensively about my experiences working as a developer in Japan, and have also answered readers questions.
- Getting your first programming job in Japan
- Marketing yourself as a developer
- How to Survive and Thrive as an Engineer in Japan
- Salaries for international developers working in Japan
- Getting a job at a Japanese startup
- Getting a Japanese Visa for a Programming Job with an English Major
- Entry Level Jobs in Japan
- Finding A Job as a Ruby Developer in Japan
- How to get a job in Japan (external)
- 20 Steps to Working in Japan (external)
Got a question?
I'm happy to answer any questions you have about developer life in Japan. Please post your question as a new topic in the forum.