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Staying and Working Illegally
Living in Japan beyond the permitted period of stay is illegal, and violators will be deported.
Illegal labor activity is when an illegal alien (those entering or remaining in Japan illegally) works and earns money, or when a foreign resident who does not have a visa status to work (such as a temporary visitor or student visa) works and earns money illegally. (However, this does not apply if a foreign resident with a permission to engage in nonspecified activities works.)
Business owners who hire foreign residents without proper authorization to work and those who assist illegal entry to Japan are also punishable by law.
Foreign residents who work illegally are likely to cause various problems not only in terms of labor, but also in terms of various aspects of life, such as maintaining peace and order. In addition, foreign residents who work illegally themselves are at a disadvantage, as they may not be able to receive sufficient assistance even if they are exploited or involved in some accident during their work.
April 1, 2020