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Let us observed working rules.

Working Arrangements

Foreign workers can only work in Japan within the validity period of his status of residence visa. There are required procedures for each case when renewing the status of residence.

For this reason, there are cases wherein some employers (companies and the like) adjust the job contract period of the contractual employee to coincide with the validity period of the status of residence visa. (Unlike permanent employees, the job contract period is specified for the contractual employee)

There are also cases wherein after being employed in Japan, the contractual employee is re-employed as regular employees in the company subsidiaries in their home countries. As a result, sometimes the salary is lowered to adjust the remunerations provided locally. Taking this into account, it is important to check carefully the details about the work agreement, including the future. At the time of employment,

Career Path (Work Experience, Job Description)

For foreign workers who have clear plans and are highly conscious of their "career path", a lot of them thinks that results can be achieved in a short period of time. After being employed, if the actual job contents do not match what have been desired, worst case scenario is that the foreign worker will eventually quit his job.

Even after you are hired and become an employee, of course, it is important to familiarize yourself with the company strategies and policies for its human resources while working.

Working Rules

With respect to time management and working habits, there are many points peculiar to corporate culture in Japan. For instance, in Japan, the work period specifications in the contract are kept obscure and therefore, you just have to work out the details as you work in the company. Foreign employees who do not know and are not aware of this, tends to work accordingly as specified in the contract and there are cases wherein such has caused some problems and issues.

For a foreign worker, his scope of work is clear and realistic, as saying "my job ends here", but in the case of Japan, in order to achieve one goal and produce successful results, sometimes one must go beyond his own job domain and work in cooperation with every one.

This rule varies and depends on the companies but actually keep this in mind while working. Also, there are rules concerning appropriate grooming and appearance, greeting people, right use of words, proper ways of making a call, and other manners that must be observed in order to preserve a comfortable and harmonious working environment.

A little misconception is an irreversible big mistake and can lead to misapprehension so let yourself be taught more and more about the things you do not know in order to have a solid understanding.

Maintaining Confidentiality

In order to maintain confidentiality (information on new product development, proprietary technology, finance, etc.) in companies, for persons or staffs who have knowledge of non-public information, a "Confidentiality Agreement" will be required as a non-disclosure obligation.

Often seen in cases of highly specialized line of work, foreign workers are not exempted.

Protection of Personal Information

In companies, appropriate and secure use and management of not only customer data, personnel data, but also, other kinds of personal information is mandatory.

To deal with the above, always maintain a sense of crisis and exert effort to prevent leakage of personal information.

Carrying Passport or Residence Card

For the purpose of renewal of visa of foreign employees, we know of some examples wherein the employer (company, etc) keeps the passport and residence card of foreign workers but this is not the right thing. In the Immigration Law, the passport and residence card must be kept in the possession of the foreign worker at all times.

Notifications Duty

When the person who has a working visa or a student visa quits his work or study, the "Notification of the Contracting Organization" form must be filled in and submitted to the Immigration Bureau within 14 days so bring it or send it by post mail on time. In addition, it is a duty of the employer at the same time to submit the "Notification of Acceptance of Mid-to-Long Term Resident"

If there is a change in the activities that fall under the status of residence, application should be submitted to the Immigration Bureau promptly.

If you want to change your activities and want to engage in other activities that fall under a different status of residence, you should apply promptly to the Immigration Bureau. If you have not engaged in activities corresponding to your status of residence and continued to do so for more than 3 months, your status of residence will be subject for revocation and our stay will become illegal.

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