Living in Hiroshima

Part-Time Work

Many international students make efficient use of time after school and holidays to do part-time jobs.

What is necessary before hunting for a part-time job?

If you are staying on a student visa, you must first receive “permission to engage in activities other than that permitted by the status of residence previously granted” if you wish to work part-time!!

Items necessary for application
  • passport
  • residence card (copy not permitted)
  • application form

The above application procedures must all be made at the Hiroshima immigration authorities.

Be careful!!
Students are only allowed to work up to 28 hours per week.
However, during long holidays such as summer holidays, up to 8 hours a day is permitted.

How to find a part-time job in Hiroshima

Job advertisement magazines (free) are available in various locations
around the prefecture such as stations and convenience stores.
It is also searchable on the Internet.

  • job advertisement magazines (magazines with various information on job offers)
  • referral from friends
  • school bulletin board
major information sites for part-time jobs

What kind of jobs do foreign students in Hiroshima do?

  • restaurants (Japanese-style pubs, fast-food restaurants, etc.)
  • sales, cashier (convenience stores, supermarkets, etc.)
  • manufacturing (bread, boxed lunches, etc.)
  • other jobs, such as interpreter, hotel staff, mover staff, etc.

What is the minimum wage for part-time work in Hiroshima?

The minimum wage in Hiroshima Prefecture is 970 yen per hour.

(2023 Hiroshima Labor Bureau)

Minimum wages are the minimum amount of pay that the government decides and varies among prefectures!
Click here for the latest data (the amount fluctuates)

We interviewed international students with part-time jobs!

Ms. A: Overseas student with a part-time sales jobs
Started hunting for a part-time job 6 months after coming to Hiroshima and started a sales job.
Has been working for approximately a year.
How did you find your job?
I got referrals from friends at university for some and I found some in a job advertisement magazine and contacted the stores directly myself.

What were you asked at your job interviews?
I think they already recognized the level of my Japanese proficiency when I called them.
They asked me how many days a week I could work and whether I was aware of the details of the job.
I don't think there is anything to worry about as long as you can speak Japanese well enough to have no trouble in your daily life.

Did you have any problems while you were on the job?
I think it goes for any job, but I found it a little hard until I got used to my job.
The apparel company where I work now has proper administrative regulations for non-Japanese part-timers so I didn't have any other problems.

Did you acquire anything through your part-time job?
First of all, I became socially very well connected and that was the biggest advantage for me.
I was able to meet so many like-minded friends.
Earning money is obviously an important part of doing part-time jobs, but you can also experience what it is like to work, so for those who are considering finding employment in Japan in the future, part-time jobs should certainly be helpful.

How did you manage to balance your job with your school work?
It may be nothing special, but in my case I prioritize school work.
During examinations, I try to avoid putting work into my schedule as much as possible and try to study as much as I can.
Since working hours permitted by law increases during long holidays such as summer and spring holidays, I try working as much as possible during those times.

Do you have any advice for those who wish to come and study in Hiroshima and find a part-time job?
There are more places to work that expected.
Continuing your first job has its advantages, but it should be useful trying different kinds of jobs.
And if you're here on a study visa, you must apply for a permit before you start a part-time job.
What's more, because you are only allowed to work up to 28 hours a week during the school term, you should be careful.
And if you know some Hiroshima accent, you may find it easier to get along with the other people at your job.

Mr. B: Overseas student with a part-time job at a hotel and restaurant
Started hunting for a part-time job about a month after coming to Hiroshima and worked at a Japanese-style pub for about two and a half years.
Started working at a hotel after that and has been working in the banquet hall at the hotel for approximately two and a half years.
How did you find your job?
To begin with, I analyzed my lifestyle and suitable job, like whether I wanted to work more in the daytime or in the evening.
And of course the amount of pay was important, too.
Jobs with higher hourly wages usually require more heavy physical work whereas jobs with lower wages are easier to do.
I looked for jobs in job advertisement magazines.
When I found a job that interested me, I made a call right away and went for interviews.

What were you asked at your job interview?
I was asked where I had found the job information, why I wanted to do the job, and what means of transportation I would use to get there.

Did you have any problems while you were on the job? And how did you solve those problems?
Of course I had problems, like communication.
Japanese people generally tend to speak very fast and if there is some dialect mixed, it gets even harder to understand.
When you don't understand something, you should consider the situation first and guess what instructions were given to you.
And then you must make sure that you've understood properly.
That way, you'll be able to avoid making mistakes at work.
And you should always look up words that you don't understand and remember them.
You should never neglect making efforts.

Did you acquire anything through your job?
I've experienced many different jobs and was able to acquire something from all of them.
For instance, I acquired cooking skills working at a Japanese-style pub.
And I acquired conventional wisdom, such as the Japanese way of serving customers, working at a hotel.
If you make serious efforts, you'll be able to acquire all kinds of skills and knowledge.

How did you manage to balance your job with your school work?
First of all, mental control of yourself is a key factor. It's important to be able to put things behind you whatever happens and to move on.
You may get very annoyed or maybe become cheerful while you are on your job.
But you won't be able to concentrate on your school work if you allow that feeling to keep lingering.
And another thing is time management.
You should balance the importance of school work and your job in your mind and manage your time in a rational way.
Don’t forget your main purpose!