Large Companies in Japan

    Applying directly to companies is another option, and many companies advertise directly via Job Boards or on their website. For bilingual employees, foreign companies or multinational Japanese companies offer positions that place a premium on communications skills or international backgrounds. There are 4 main categories of jobs where you can find yourself working in a company in Japan.

    • Full-time Proper Employee ("Seishaiin"), you have full benefits and rights under Japanese labor law.
    • Contract Employee ("Keiyaku Shaiin"), you have some rights and benefits during the contract period.
    • Temporary Employee ("Hakken Shaiin"), you work for a staffing company, and are placed at a client company.
    • Part-time Employee ("Arubaito"), you have less rights and limited benefits under labor law.

    Smaller Japanese companies can be places to gain experience if larger companies are demanding more experience than an applicant has. While the Japanese job market is more rigid in general, and employers don't like to hire applicants with too many jobs on their cv, mid-career hiring is increasing and employers are getting more flexible due to the need for employees. To do research on companies that are hiring, and ones you would like to work for, I encourage research on foreign chambers of commerce to see their member companies.

Searching by Industry

Checking companies by industry is a good way to research new avenues to describing yourself and your career, and looking for a company that is a good match. Finding companies via Industry Associations or Chambers of Commerce can highlight companies you don't know about for further jobs searches.

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Ticker NameSector
7203TOYOTA MOTOR CORPConsumer Discretionary
9984SOFTBANK GROUP CORPTelecommunications
8306MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP INCFinancials
6758SONY CORPConsumer Discretionary
8316SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP INFinancials
6861KEYENCE CORPInformation Technology
9433KDDI CORPTelecommunications
7267HONDA MOTOR LTDConsumer Discretionary
8411MIZUHO FINANCIAL GROUP INCFinancials
7974NINTENDO LTDInformation Technology
6954FANUC CORPIndustrials
8058MITSUBISHI CORPIndustrials
4452KAO CORPConsumer Staples
9437NTT DOCOMO INCTelecommunications
4063SHIN ETSU CHEMICAL LTDMaterials
6594NIDEC CORPIndustrials
6501HITACHI LTDInformation Technology
6981MURATA MANUFACTURING LTDInformation Technology
4503ASTELLAS PHARMA INCHealth Care
6098RECRUIT HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
7751CANON INCInformation Technology
8766TOKIO MARINE HOLDINGS INCFinancials
9432NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORTelecommunications
3382SEVEN & I HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
4502TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL LTDHealth Care
9020EAST JAPAN RAILWAYIndustrials
2914JAPAN TOBACCO INCConsumer Staples
9022CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAYIndustrials
8031MITSUI LTDIndustrials
6752PANASONIC CORPConsumer Discretionary
6367DAIKIN INDUSTRIES LTDIndustrials
9983FAST RETAILING LTDConsumer Discretionary
4911SHISEIDO LTDConsumer Staples
8035TOKYO ELECTRON LTDInformation Technology
6301KOMATSU LTDIndustrials
8001ITOCHU CORPIndustrials
4523EISAI LTDHealth Care
6503MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPIndustrials
7741HOYA CORPHealth Care
4568DAIICHI SANKYO LTDHealth Care
5020JXTG HOLDINGS INCEnergy
5108BRIDGESTONE CORPConsumer Discretionary
2503KIRIN HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
6902DENSO CORPConsumer Discretionary
7201NISSAN MOTOR LTDConsumer Discretionary
8801MITSUI FUDOSAN LTDReal Estate
8591ORIX CORPFinancials
4661ORIENTAL LAND LTDConsumer Discretionary
8802MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO LTDReal Estate
6502TOSHIBA CORPIndustrials
7269SUZUKI MOTOR CORPConsumer Discretionary
8750DAI-ICHI LIFE HOLDINGS INCFinancials
1925DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY LTDReal Estate
8053SUMITOMO CORPIndustrials
4578OTSUKA HOLDINGS LTDHealth Care
6273SMC (JAPAN) CORPIndustrials
6971KYOCERA CORPInformation Technology
4543TERUMO CORPHealth Care
2502ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
6178JAPAN POST HOLDINGS LTDFinancials
7270SUBARU CORPConsumer Discretionary
8604NOMURA HOLDINGS INCFinancials
3407ASAHI KASEI CORPMaterials
6326KUBOTA CORPIndustrials
4901FUJIFILM HOLDINGS CORPInformation Technology
9735SECOM LTDIndustrials
6869SYSMEX CORPHealth Care
8830SUMITOMO REALTY & DEVELOPMENT LTDReal Estate
4507SHIONOGI LTDHealth Care
5401NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPMaterials
8725MS&AD INSURANCE GROUP HOLDINGS INCFinancials
6702FUJITSU LTDInformation Technology
6762TDK CORPInformation Technology
1878DAITO TRUST CONSTRUCTION LTD TRUSTReal Estate
8309SUMITOMO MITSUI TRUST HOLDINGS INCFinancials
8630SOMPO HOLDINGS INCFinancials
8267AEON LTDConsumer Staples
8113UNICHARM CORPConsumer Staples
8002MARUBENI CORPIndustrials
9843NITORI HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Discretionary
4519CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL LTDHealth Care
7011MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTDIndustrials
7309SHIMANO INCConsumer Discretionary
6988NITTO DENKO CORPMaterials
8308RESONA HOLDINGS INCFinancials
5802SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES LTDConsumer Discretionary
9021WEST JAPAN RAILWAYIndustrials
7733OLYMPUS CORPHealth Care
1801TAISEI CORPIndustrials
4188MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPMaterials
1605INPEX CORPEnergy
6586MAKITA CORPIndustrials
3402TORAY INDUSTRIES INCMaterials
9503KANSAI ELECTRIC POWER INCUtilities
9531TOKYO GAS LTDUtilities
1928SEKISUI HOUSE LTDConsumer Discretionary
9064YAMATO HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
2269MEIJI HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
4324DENTSU INCConsumer Discretionary
8601DAIWA SECURITIES GROUP INCFinancials
8697JAPAN EXCHANGE GROUP INCFinancials
9042HANKYU HANSHIN HOLDINGS INCIndustrials
5411JFE HOLDINGS INCMaterials
9502CHUBU ELECTRIC POWER INCUtilities
6645OMRON CORPInformation Technology
0JPY CASHCash and/or Derivatives
2802AJINOMOTO INCConsumer Staples
4005SUMITOMO CHEMICAL LTDMaterials
6201TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPConsumer Discretionary
4528ONO PHARMACEUTICAL LTDHealth Care
5713SUMITOMO METAL MINING LTDMaterials
3092START TODAY LTDConsumer Discretionary
6701NEC CORPInformation Technology
8795T&D HOLDINGS INCFinancials
7832BANDAI NAMCO HOLDINGS INCConsumer Discretionary
2267YAKULT HONSHA LTDConsumer Staples
6506YASKAWA ELECTRIC CORPInformation Technology
9005TOKYU CORPIndustrials
2413M3 INCHealth Care
5201AGC INCIndustrials
6723RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPInformation Technology
7276KOITO MANUFACTURING LTDConsumer Discretionary
6963ROHM LTDInformation Technology
7453RYOHIN KEIKAKU LTDConsumer Discretionary
2801KIKKOMAN CORPConsumer Staples
7272YAMAHA MOTOR LTDConsumer Discretionary
7259AISIN SEIKI LTDConsumer Discretionary
7951YAMAHA CORPConsumer Discretionary
7202ISUZU MOTORS LTDConsumer Discretionary
9962MISUMI GROUP INCIndustrials
8028FAMILYMART UNY HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
9613NTT DATA CORPInformation Technology
9532OSAKA GAS LTDUtilities
8951NIPPON BUILDING FUND REIT INCReal Estate
4204SEKISUI CHEMICAL LTDConsumer Discretionary
6479MINEBEA MITSUMI INCIndustrials
7701SHIMADZU CORPInformation Technology
4704TREND MICRO INCInformation Technology
6965HAMAMATSU PHOTONICSInformation Technology
3659NEXON LTDInformation Technology
7261MAZDA MOTOR CORPConsumer Discretionary
4612NIPPON PAINT HOLDINGS LTDMaterials
8015TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPIndustrials
9041KINTETSU GROUP HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
4684OBIC LTDInformation Technology
9501TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER HOLDINGS INCUtilities
1812KAJIMA CORPIndustrials
1802OBAYASHI CORPIndustrials
5332TOTO LTDIndustrials
8952JAPAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTReal Estate
8473SBI HOLDINGS INCFinancials
4751CYBER AGENT INCConsumer Discretionary
4307NOMURA RESEARCH INSTITUTE LTDInformation Technology
4755RAKUTEN INCConsumer Discretionary
4536SANTEN PHARMACEUTICAL LTDHealth Care
1803SHIMIZU CORPIndustrials
7752RICOH LTDInformation Technology
9008KEIO CORPIndustrials
9001TOBU RAILWAY LTDIndustrials
5938LIXIL GROUP CORPIndustrials
9007ODAKYU ELECTRIC RAILWAY LTDIndustrials
7532DON QUIJOTE HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Discretionary
3462NOMURA REAL ESTATE MASTER FUND REIReal Estate
4922KOSE CORPConsumer Staples
2587SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LTDConsumer Staples
7211MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPConsumer Discretionary
6770ALPS ELECTRIC LTDInformation Technology
7731NIKON CORPConsumer Discretionary
4021NISSAN CHEMICAL CORPMaterials
7186CONCORDIA FINANCIAL GROUP LTDFinancials
7013IHI CORPIndustrials
9506TOHOKU ELECTRIC POWER INCUtilities
9062NIPPON EXPRESS LTDIndustrials
5019IDEMITSU KOSAN LTDEnergy
4183MITSUI CHEMICALS INCMaterials
7912DAI NIPPON PRINTING LTDIndustrials
3436SUMCO CORPInformation Technology
8953JAPAN RETAIL FUND INVESTMENT REITReal Estate
6465HOSHIZAKI CORPIndustrials
6146DISCO CORPInformation Technology
3391TSURUHA HOLDINGS INCConsumer Staples
8960UNITED URBAN INVESTMENT REIT CORPReal Estate
6806HIROSE ELECTRIC LTDInformation Technology
6724SEIKO EPSON CORPInformation Technology
3861OJI HOLDINGS CORPMaterials
9142KYUSHU RAILWAYIndustrials
6448BROTHER INDUSTRIES LTDInformation Technology
2784ALFRESA HOLDINGS CORPHealth Care
7012KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTDIndustrials
2579COCA-COLA BOTTLERS JAPAN HOLDINGSConsumer Staples
4689YAHOO JAPAN CORPInformation Technology
4151KYOWA HAKKO KIRIN LTDHealth Care
7182JAPAN POST BANK LTDFinancials
4581TAISHO PHARMACEUTICAL HOLDINGS LTDHealth Care
9048NAGOYA RAILROAD LTDIndustrials
5334NGK SPARK PLUG LTDConsumer Discretionary
8304AOZORA BANK LTDFinancials
9766KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPInformation Technology
4732USS LTDConsumer Discretionary
9201JAPAN AIRLINES LTDIndustrials
3405KURARAY LTDMaterials
9202ANA HOLDINGS INCIndustrials
4042TOSOH CORPMaterials
6383DAIFUKU LTDIndustrials
9513ELECTRIC POWER DEVELOPMENT LTDUtilities
4912LION CORPConsumer Staples
4508MITSUBISHI TANABE PHARMA CORPHealth Care
6841YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPInformation Technology
4613KANSAI PAINT LTDMaterials
8355SHIZUOKA BANK LTDFinancials
5333NGK INSULATORS LTDIndustrials
3283NIPPON PROLOGIS REIT INCReal Estate
9508KYUSHU ELECTRIC POWER INCUtilities
6302SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTDIndustrials
8354FUKUOKA FINANCIAL GROUP INCFinancials
6923STANLEY ELECTRIC LTDConsumer Discretionary
9009KEISEI ELECTRIC RAILWAY LTDIndustrials
8331CHIBA BANK LTDFinancials
4902KONICA MINOLTA INCInformation Technology
2002NISSHIN SEIFUN GROUP INCConsumer Staples
8252MARUI GROUP LTDConsumer Discretionary
6305HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY LTDIndustrials
2897NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Staples
9024SEIBU HOLDINGS INCIndustrials
8984DAIWA HOUSE REIT CORPReal Estate
3099ISETAN MITSUKOSHI HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Discretionary
6753SHARP CORPConsumer Discretionary
6471NSK LTDIndustrials
4530HISAMITSU PHARMACEUTICAL INCHealth Care
2702MCDONALDS HOLDINGS (JAPAN) LTDConsumer Discretionary
9006KEIKYU CORPIndustrials
4182MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL INCMaterials
5233TAIHEIYO CEMENT CORPMaterials
3938LINE CORPInformation Technology
7911TOPPAN PRINTING LTDIndustrials
2433HAKUHODO DY HOLDINGS INCConsumer Discretionary
1963JGC CORPIndustrials
2371KAKAKU.COM INCInformation Technology
3401TEIJIN LTDMaterials
9504CHUGOKU ELECTRIC POWER INCUtilities
4967KOBAYASHI PHARMACEUTICAL LTDConsumer Staples
6268NABTESCO CORPIndustrials
4506DAINIPPON SUMITOMO PHARMA LTDHealth Care
9602TOHO (TOKYO) LTDConsumer Discretionary
2282NH FOODS LTDConsumer Staples
6504FUJI ELECTRIC LTDIndustrials
3086J.FRONT RETAILING LTDConsumer Discretionary
4185JSR CORPMaterials
2181PERSOL HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
4927POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS INCConsumer Staples
9987SUZUKEN LTDHealth Care
2331SOHGO SECURITY SERVICES LTDIndustrials
4768OTSUKA CORPInformation Technology
5947RINNAI CORPConsumer Discretionary
4716ORACLE JAPAN CORPInformation Technology
9989SUNDRUG LTDConsumer Staples
4666PARK24 LTDIndustrials
8036HITACHI HIGH TECHNOLOGIES CORPInformation Technology
9435HIKARI TSUSHIN INCConsumer Discretionary
7459MEDIPAL HOLDINGS CORPHealth Care
6952CASIO COMPUTER LTDConsumer Discretionary
6481THK LTDIndustrials
5002SHOWA SHELL SEKIYU K.K.Energy
3289TOKYU FUDOSAN HOLDINGS CORPReal Estate
9831YAMADA DENKI LTDConsumer Discretionary
5711MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPMaterials
3291IIDA GROUP HOLDINGS LTDConsumer Discretionary
9101NIPPON YUSENIndustrials
6113AMADA HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
8729SONY FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INCFinancials
4202DAICEL CORPMaterials
2212YAMAZAKI BAKING LTDConsumer Staples
5406KOBE STEEL LTDMaterials
4088AIR WATER INCMaterials
9104MITSUI OSK LINES LTDIndustrials
8955JAPAN PRIME REALTY INVESTMENT REITReal Estate
9533TOHO GAS LTDUtilities
5901TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS LTDMaterials
9045KEIHAN HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
2229CALBEE INCConsumer Staples
2651LAWSON INCConsumer Staples
3003HULIC LTDReal Estate
9783BENESSE HOLDINGS INCConsumer Discretionary
7167MEBUKI FINANCIAL GROUP INCFinancials
6473JTEKT CORPIndustrials
6460SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS INCConsumer Discretionary
2875TOYO SUISAN LTDConsumer Staples
7205HINO MOTORS LTDIndustrials
7936ASICS CORPConsumer Discretionary
8804TOKYO TATEMONO LTDReal Estate
3231NOMURA REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS INCReal Estate
5110SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTDConsumer Discretionary
5101YOKOHAMA RUBBER LTDConsumer Discretionary
8233TAKASHIMAYA LTDConsumer Discretionary
8369BANK OF KYOTO LTDFinancials
8303SHINSEI BANK LTDFinancials
8570AEON FINANCIAL SERVICES LTDFinancials
9364KAMIGUMI LTDIndustrials
8593MITSUBISHI UFJ LEASE & FINANCE LTDFinancials
8253CREDIT SAISON LTDFinancials
4118KANEKA CORPMaterials
4217HITACHI CHEMICAL LTDMaterials
2432DENA LTDInformation Technology
5214NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS LTDInformation Technology
6370KURITA WATER INDUSTRIES LTDIndustrials
2670ABC MART INCConsumer Discretionary
8439TOKYO CENTURY CORPFinancials
6592MABUCHI MOTOR LTDIndustrials
8905AEON MALL LTDReal Estate
5486HITACHI METALS LTDMaterials
4091TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPMaterials
8227SHIMAMURA LTDConsumer Discretionary
7282TOYODA GOSEI LTDConsumer Discretionary
8418YAMAGUCHI FINANCIAL GROUP INCFinancials
9706JAPAN AIRPORT TERMINAL LTDIndustrials
9143SG HOLDINGS LTDIndustrials
8410SEVEN BANK LTDFinancials
5463MARUICHI STEEL TUBE LTDMaterials
6417SANKYO LTDConsumer Discretionary
7240NOK CORPConsumer Discretionary
7779CYBERDYNE INCHealth Care
8358SURUGA BANK LTDFinancials
8572ACOM LTDFinancials

Global Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Companies

Looking at Global companies in Fast Moving Consumer Goods. By looking at lists of global companies by industry, you can find companies that interest you depending on your career goals and that value bilingual or international talent. Many have Japanese subsidiaries and looking at the job opportunities, you can see how well you match up. Another way of joining a global company is to look at staffing companies that might have temporary jobs that offer experience in working in the industry or company that could prepare you to join a company directly.

Global Food Companies
Nestle SA
Procter & Gamble Company
Unilever PLC
Pepsico, Inc.
Coca-Cola Company
Imperial Tobacco Group
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
JBS SA
Mondelez International, Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
L'Oreal SA
Phillip Morris International, Inc.
3M Company
Danone