Here Are All the Industry Types You Can Get Into With the New Specified Skilled Visa

From care workers to food service, there's an industry that might be a fit for you.


More people are trying to seek employment in countries other than their own. May it be lack of opportunities in their home country or an insatiable need to maximize their potential in their chosen field, everyone is just out here searching for a job that’s right for them.


Back in April 2019, the Japanese government opened up jobs for foreign workers through what is known as the Specified Skilled Worker Visa. This was an effort to address the lack of human resources for various industries that support its economy. Since then, it is expected that there will be recruitment of hundreds of thousands of long-term workers from other countries. 


To acquire this visa, a foreign worker must fulfill the prerequisites such as attain a certain Japanese level (N4 or equivalent)
and pass a knowledge test that includes practical and/or theory parts.


A good tip for those seeking jobs in Japan is to carefully review the job description of the work they’re applying for as they will be tested in those specific areas. In this article, we have listed the 14 industries and their job descriptions, as well as the regulating authority and number of exam classifications for each.


Check them out to see if anything is a fit for your skill set.


The 14 Industries Under the Specified Skilled Worker Visa:


1. Care Worker (Kaigo)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
Type of Work: Physical care (such as bathing, meals, assistance for excretion, etc., adjusted to the mental and physical state of the user), supplemental support services (recreation, assistance with functional exercises, etc.) Note that home visits are excluded.
Number of Exam (Classifications): 1


2. Building Cleaning Management (Biru Cleaning)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
Type of Work: Interior building cleaning.
Number of Exam (Classifications): 1


3. Machine Parts & Tooling Industries (Sokeizai Sangyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Type of Work: Casting, forging, die casting, machining, metal press, factory sheet metal work, electroplating, aluminum anodizing, finishing, machine inspection, machine maintenance, painting, welding
Number of Exam (Classifications): 13


4. Industrial Machinery Industry (Sangyou Kikai Seizogyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Type of Work: Casting, forging, die casting, machining, metal press, iron work, factory sheet metal work, plating, finishing, machine inspection, machine maintenance, electric equipment assembling, print wiring board manufacturing, plastic molding, painting, welding, industrial packaging
Number of Exam (Classifications):  18


5. Electric, Electronics and Information Industries (Denki Denshi Jouhou Kanren Sangyou)

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Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Type of Work: Machining, metal press, factory sheet metal work, plating, finishing, machine maintenance, electronic equipment assembling, print wiring board manufacturing, plastic molding, painting, welding, industrial packaging
Number of Exam (Classifications): 13


6. Construction Industry(Kensetsugyou) 


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Type of Work: Formwork construction, plastering, concrete pumping, tunnel and propulsion, construction machinery and construction, earthwork, roofing, telecommunications, reinforcement construction, reinforcing bar joints, interior finishing, material mounting
Number of Exam (Classifications): 11


7. Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industry (Zousen Hakuyou Kougyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Type of Work: Welding, painting, iron work, finishing, machining, electrical equipment assembling
Number of Exam (Classifications):  6


8. Automobile Repair and Maintenance (Jidousha Seibi)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Type of Work: Daily inspection and maintenance of vehicles, regular inspection and maintenance, disassembly and maintenance
Number of Exam (Classifications): 1


9. Aviation Industry (Koukuu)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Type of Work: Airport ground handling (Ground running support work, handling of baggage/cargo, etc.), aircraft maintenance (aircraft and equipment maintenance work)
Number of Exam (Classifications):  2


10. Accommodation Industry (Shukuhaku) 


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Type of Work: Providing accommodation services such as working at the front desk, planning/ public relations, hospitality, restaurant services
Number of Exam (Classifications): 1


11. Agriculture (Nougyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Type of Work: General crop farming (Cultivation management, harvesting and shipment / sorting of agricultural products, etc.), general livestock farming (feeding management, harvesting and shipment/ sorting of livestock products, etc.)
Number of Exam (Classifications): 2


12. Fishery & Aquaculture (Gyogyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Type of Work: Fishery (production and repair of fishing gear, aquatic animals and plant exploration, operation of fishing gear and fishing machinery, aquatic animal and plant harvesting, treatment and storage of fishery products, securing of safety and health, etc.), Aquaculture industry (production, repair and management of aquacultural materials, cultivation and management of aquatic animal and plant farming, harvesting and processing, securing of safety and health, etc.)
Number of Exam (Classifications):  2


13. Manufacture of Food and Beverages (Inshokuryouhin Seizougyou) 


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Type of Work: General food and beverage manufacturing (manufacture and processing of food and beverages (excluding alcoholic beverages), health and safety)
Number of Exam (Classifications):  1


14. Food Service Industry (Gaishokugyou)


Regulating Authority (in Japan): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Official Work Description: General restaurant industry (food preparation, customer service, restaurant management)
Number of Exam (Classifications): 1

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What’s it like to work in Japan?


Of course, depending on the industry, one will experience different things and be with different people in different
areas


Which industry do you want to work in? Comment down below!


Source: Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice


 (11 April 2019)

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