|For Working Partners|
Jobs at RIKEN
RIKEN does not specifically hire the partners of employees, but if your partner is also a researcher, they may be able to find a position at RIKEN. See the Join RIKEN page for information about jobs at RIKEN. (If you are a researcher and you yourself are looking for side work, please see the RIKEN Internal Website for more information on side work permission and criteria.)
Jobs outside RIKEN
Finding a job in Japan can be very difficult. It is much easier if you have a reasonable degree of fluency in Japanese or if you are looking for work in an industry that is very open to hiring foreigners (e.g. English language teaching), but even so, it's not always simple.
For research-related jobs, see the Japan Research Career Information Network website. Also, see the following JSPS and JST pages that list available grants:
For other types of jobs, some of the better-known websites in Japan are:
If your partner would like to spend their time in Japan studying the language, there are many options. See the Learning Japanese section for more information.
If you are married, your husband or wife will be able to apply for a dependent visa. Although the dependent visa is not a work visa, your spouse may apply for a permit to engage in activity other than that permitted by the status of residence previously granted, which will enable them to work for up to 28 hours/week. See the Immigration + Alien Registration section.
If your spouse is able to find a full-time job in Japan, he/she may apply to change the dependent visa to a work visa. You do not actually need a company to "sponsor" you in Japan—you simply need a contract that indicates you are earning the minimum salary required by the immigration authorities, and you can submit all the necessary forms and documents yourself. Then they will be obliged to pay taxes and will no longer be eligible for spousal benefits.
If you and your partner are not married, your partner is not eligible for a dependent visa. They will have to quality for a visa in their own right. There are a number of different visa + status of residence categories.