Japan techie

Game to live, live to game?

By tokyobitcoiner | Cryptokyo | 29 Nov 2021


Japan - one of the centers of gaming culture

Home to Nintendo, Square Enix, Sega, Taito etc.

Is it possible to work in this industry in Japan?

Yes, but of course experience and at least some Japanese would be a great help!

And we all hope COVID will disappear and the countries will open up.

But here are some ideas for when that happens. [UPDATED DEC 2021]

Japan Dev - great site, great listings, good search functionality, recommend checking this out! There are remote listings too!

Japan Dev

Internet and Gaming Jobs in Tokyo (Robert Walters)

Game Programming and Editing (Daijob)

WeXpats Agent  

Glassdoor

GaijinPot (tends to have lower salary, more entry positions)

For example, here's an interesting one:

Video Game Guide Director / Editor (Remote Work Available)
Game 8 Inc. (Gunosy subsidiary)

Game8
Shibuya, Tokyo

  • ¥2.5M ~ ¥3.6M / Year, Negotiable
  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Japanese: Business level (JLPT N2 or Above Preferred)

https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/143276

And some others:

Game Localization Testers (English, European & Asian Languages)
株式会社デジタルハーツ DIGITAL Hearts CO.,LTD
Tokyo, (Asakusa or Shinjuku)
¥1,200 / Hour 
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/143415

Freelance Game Localization (Japanese to English and European Languages)
株式会社デジタルハーツ DIGITAL Hearts CO.,LTD
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/143332

Okay so salary is low, but experience and get a foot in the door!

And of course there are other non-gaming jobs like these ones:

 

Senior PHP Developer
MCJ export
Osaka, Japan
¥3.0M ~ ¥6.0M / Year
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/143240

IT Engineer/Software Engineer
シティコンピュータ株式会社
Tokyo, Japan
¥3.5M ~ ¥7.0M / Year
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/142756

Full-Flex × Remote work work Date Engineer データエンジニア
日本語オンラインスクール合同会社
Kanagawa, Japan
¥5.0M ~ ¥12.0M / Year, Negotiable
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/index/view/job_id/143093

(a lot of data-positions)

Reference articles

Break into a New Career with a Job in Japan’s Video Game Industry

The Most In-demand Jobs in the Gaming Industry

Scoring a job in the Japanese Gaming Industry

Tech jobs in Japan

Live, work & code in Japan!

Thanks and good luck in your travels!

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