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)

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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)

Shibuya, Tokyo

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


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 

Freelance Game Localization (Japanese to English and European Languages)
株式会社デジタルハーツ DIGITAL Hearts CO.,LTD

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

IT Engineer/Software Engineer
Tokyo, Japan
¥3.5M ~ ¥7.0M / Year

Full-Flex × Remote work work Date Engineer データエンジニア
Kanagawa, Japan
¥5.0M ~ ¥12.0M / Year, Negotiable

(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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