We use cookies to better understand how you use our site and to provide ads and other offers that may be most relevant to you. By closing this message box or continuing to use our site, you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more, please see our Privacy Policy.

Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Japan

Staticmap?size=320x260&zoom=3&maptype=roadmap&sensor=false&key=abqiaaaa6rs7dlccekipwdombvotyxs1ytlivsncokofgdnrhb6rw0dnthqcnl mjgr1e3zqv7e889bab2f7na&center=japan&markers=japan
In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decisionmaking power. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Government-industry cooperation, a strong work ethic, mastery of high technology, and a comparatively small defense allocation (1% of gdp) helped japan advance with extraordinary rapidity to the rank of second most technologically powerful economy in the world after the us and the third-largest economy in the world after the us and china, measured on a purchasing power parity (ppp) basis. one notable characteristic of the economy has been how manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors have worked together in closely-knit groups called keiretsu. a second basic feature has been the guarantee of lifetime employment for a substantial portion of the urban labor force. both features have now eroded. japan's industrial sector is heavily dependent on imported raw materials and fuels. the tiny agricultural sector is highly subsidized and protected, with crop yields among the highest in the world. usually self sufficient in rice, japan must import about 55% of its food on a caloric basis. japan maintains one of the world's largest fishing fleets and accounts for nearly 15% of the global catch. for three decades, overall real economic growth had been spectacular - a 10% average in the 1960s, a 5% average in the 1970s, and a 4% average in the 1980s. growth slowed markedly in the 1990s, averaging just 1.7%, largely because of the after effects of overinvestment and an asset price bubble during the late 1980s that required a protracted period of time for firms to reduce excess debt, capital, and labor. from 2000 to 2001, government efforts to revive economic growth proved short lived and were hampered by the slowing of the us, european, and asian economies. in 2002-07, growth improved and the lingering fears of deflation in prices and economic activity lessened, leading the central bank to raise interest rates to 0.25% in july 2006, up from the near 0% rate of the six years prior, and to 0.50% in february 2007. in addition, the 10-year privatization of japan post, which has functioned not only as the national postal delivery system but also, through its banking and insurance facilities as japan's largest financial institution, was completed in october 2007, marking a major milestone in the process of structural reform. nevertheless, japan's huge government debt, which totals 182% of gdp, and the aging of the population are two major long-run problems. some fear that a rise in taxes could endanger the current economic recovery. debate also continues on the role of and effects of reform in restructuring the economy, particularly with respect to increasing income disparities.

Environmental Issues

Air pollution from power plant emissions results in acid rain; acidification of lakes and reservoirs degrading water quality and threatening aquatic life; japan is one of the largest consumers of fish and tropical timber, contributing to the depletion of these resources in asia and elsewhere

Government Type

Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government


127,288,416 (july 2008 est.)


Eastern asia, island chain between the north pacific ocean and the sea of japan, east of the korean peninsula


Total: 377,835 sq km land: 374,744 sq km water: 3,091 sq km note: includes bonin islands (ogasawara-gunto), daito-shoto, minami-jima, okino-tori-shima, ryukyu islands (nansei-shoto), and volcano islands (kazan-retto)

Slightly smaller than california

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: none conventional short form: japan local long form: nihon-koku/nippon-koku local short form: nihon/nippon


Name: tokyo geographic coordinates: 35 41 n, 139 45 e time difference: utc+9 (14 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

Military Service

18 years of age for voluntary military service (2001)

International Disputes

The sovereignty dispute over the islands of etorofu, kunashiri, and shikotan, and the habomai group, known in japan as the "northern territories" and in russia as the "southern kuril islands," occupied by the soviet union in 1945, now administered by russia and claimed by japan, remains the primary sticking point to signing a peace treaty formally ending world war ii hostilities; japan and south korea claim liancourt rocks (take-shima/tok-do) occupied by south korea since 1954; china and taiwan dispute both japan's claims to the uninhabited islands of the senkaku-shoto (diaoyu tai) and japan's unilaterally declared exclusive economic zone in the east china sea, the site of intensive hydrocarbon prospecting

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

17 Japan Jobs Found

This position is on the consulting staff of a government consulting organization headquartered in Tysons, VA. Work will be performed at Marine Avia...
LMI - Iwakuni - posted about 21 hours ago
【仕事内容】 グローバルな顧客サポートチームの一員として、導入完了後のお客様に対してRemote-based サポートを提供します。 【応募条件】 ・SAPの当該領域の経験10年以上(商談可) ・一人で抱え込むことなく、何かあれば周りのサポートも借りながら、チームプレーで働くことが好きな方大歓...
Nigel Frank International APAC - Tokyo - posted 6 days ago
【仕事内容】 グローバルな顧客サポートチームの一員として、導入完了後のお客様に対してRemote-based サポートを提供します。 【応募条件】 ・SAPの当該領域の経験10年以上(商談可) ・一人で抱え込むことなく、何かあれば周りのサポートも借りながら、チームプレーで働くことが好きな方大歓...
Nigel Frank International APAC - Tokyo - posted 6 days ago
Learn and work on meaningful initiatives with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. The NPD Group provides the world’s mo...
The NPD Group - Minato - posted 7 days ago
【応募資格 】 ・サブリーダー以上のご経験、あるいはエンドユーザーとの顧客折衝経験 ・SAP Basis、PM・リーダの経験実績3年以上 ・英語能力 【勤務時間 】 フレックスタイム制(コアタイム10:00~15:00) 標準労働時間7時間30分、標準労働時間帯9:00~17:30 平均残業時...
Nigel Frank International APAC - Tokyo - posted 12 days ago
日本マイクロソフトパートナー社がSharePointのエンジニアを募集しております。 主な募集要望はユーザー密着型で設計、仕様書の打ち合わせなど一貫したシステム開発を担当いただきます。システム開発の経験者を求めています。 <<応募資格>> ・SharePoint導入プロジェクト経験(最低2件)...
Nigel Frank International APAC - Tokyo - posted 12 days ago
弊社クライアント社様でドットネット開発に経験のあるプロジェクトリーダーを募集しております。 【ポジションについて】 弊社クライアントはマイクロソフト製品の導入サービスを提供しているグローバルIT企業社様です。 グローバルで活躍しており、32カ国以上に支社をもっております。 現在ソフトウェアエン...
Nigel Frank International APAC - TOKYO - posted 12 days ago
At Gilbane we’re building more than buildings, we’re helping create schools, hospitals, laboratories and other facilities across the United States ...
Gilbane Inc - Tokyo - posted 13 days ago
【応募資格】 ・最終学歴:大学院卒、大学卒 ・経験:①SAP-HCM領域コンサルティング、②Successfactors経験、③あるいはBydesign の経験、いずれかのご経験2年以上 ・英語日常会話レベル ・日本語能力試験2級以上 【給与】 年収・給与 : 400万円〜1200万円(経験能...
Nigel Frank International APAC - Tokyo - posted 18 days ago
At Gilbane we’re building more than buildings, we’re helping create schools, hospitals, laboratories and other facilities across the United States ...
Gilbane Inc - Okinawa - posted 18 days ago
Jobs results sponsored by CareerBuilder
More Japan Jobs...