Japan Embassy: Your First Step to Japan

Japan is a country open to the world, especially to its neighboring nations. Initially, one must get a visa from a Japanese Embassy in their area. Aside from this, they provide a lot of other services. This article tackles their services using the consulate in the Philippines as a reference.

Table of Contents

  1. The Embassy of Japan
  2. What can the Embassy of Japan do for you?
  3. Work opportunities at the Embassy
  4. The Spirit of Japan in the Philippines
  5. The Diplomatic Tie

The Embassy of Japan

The embassies or consulates of Japan are scattered throughout nations, focusing mainly on foreign affairs. The embassy also serves as a cultural center for the people willing to gain legible knowledge concerning Japan. As you scroll through this article, you will come to acquire all the essential information about what the embassy can do for you.

What is an Embassy

Basically, it is the central station of a deputy of a foreign country serving abroad, with the involvement of governmental, social, and cultural intentions.

An embassy serves mainly as a support to its people living or working in the host country. They propose a variety of functions, but with some degree of limitations. They also offer assistance, as often seen in films, to their overseas workers and citizens that have been in a serious issue or incidents by guiding them in the terms of legal agreements.

The embassy also arranges documents that are needed urgently in some cases of missed passports and issues papers for job employments.

Foreign officers also lend assistance to citizens of the host country in cases that they want to visit their nation for cultural or business purposes. Basically, the embassy is the go-to office of the involved residents.

What can the Embassy of Japan do for you?

The embassy of Japan provides an array of consular services to its people residing in other nations.

Basic Services being offered at a Japanese Embassy

One of the principal services of an embassy is to offer a wide array of assistance to their national citizens living overseas. Their functions may vary by nation and some services are restricted. Below is a list of services of the Japan Embassy based in the Philippines. Inquire at yours to see if you can get the same services.

Other main services include:

  • Provide data about the certifications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Provide knowledge about the Hague Convention, its enrollment procedure in visitation, or provide communication with children in the areas affected, as well as the safety of the children.

  • Provide data on the residential status of a skilled worker

  • Lists other essential information in acquiring a passport

  • Provide data of International jurisdiction and its legal archives

  • Serves as the principal center of information about Japan, with a provision of links directed to its official websites

There are countries that need to secure a visa before they can travel to Japan - these include China, Russia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Georgia, and others. The Japanese consulate can arrange visas for you. Below are the examples of visas you can get from them, of course, with your supporting documents.

Issuance of types of Visa:

  1. Visa for tourism - this visa just allows three months as the allotted time for your recreational activities during your visit to Japan.

  2. Visa for visiting relatives and acquaintances - similar duration with the tourism visa

  3. Diplomatic Visa - not all political international ID holders can get a conciliatory visa. And be advised to carry your purpose religiously since there are grounds if you do otherwise. 

  4. Visa for business - allows only 90 days of stay

  5. Working visa

  6. Visa for medical stay

The Japanese embassy also provides documents, legal assistance, specific information, and guidance in some fields.

Working Holiday Visas

Some European and neighboring Asian foreigners are permitted to work during holidays under a treaty. Holders of this visa can get a job for a year or so while learning about Japan in the process. There are strict requirements, however, so please check with your embassy.

Work opportunities at the Embassy

We all know that the embassy offers service to the people, however, it also gives the community a chance to offer service to them. Several Japanese embassies located in different countries hold job openings for the people in search of one.

For example, the Consular Office of Japan in the Philippines was in need of a local staff that can perform secretarial duties, foreign service assistance, or general affairs at the time of publication.

Also, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Organization Personnel Center provides assistance of employment to the Japanese locals, offering an international organization position in the United Nations.

It’s not only the Embassy of Japan that’s offering work opportunities. Quite almost all embassies across the world are in need of foreign service assistance and support assistance, needless to say, for people qualified for the job. Check the official website of the embassy for more information on vacant seats offered at the embassy.

Some Requirements needed for specific jobs at the embassy

Below is the basic qualification to be fulfilled if you’re interested to be a staff in the Consulate Office of Japan:

  1. Preferably candidates with a bachelor’s degree in politics, current affairs and international relations, or any other related courses

  2. Work experience with private Japanese companies or Diplomatic Missions is preferable

  3. Proficiency, both oral and written, in the English Language

  4. Sufficient knowledge in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not necessarily

The Spirit of Japan in the Philippines

Japan was brought to the Philippines through its representatives and through the Japanese nationals currently living in the country. The relation to the nation is quite strong and the rapport that they have continues to grow through the cultural, political, and economical covenant being made.

Japan Embassy in the Philippines

The embassy is located in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, and Metro Manila. Japan makes sure its residents are well-taken while securing good ties with the country. The culture of Japan is being passed on by JICC (Japan Information and Culture Center) - marked as the cultural and public affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. It allows people to learn of their language, geography, arts, practices, and basically all the things about Japan by providing visual aids and comprehensive guides to the Filipinos. Located in the building are thousands of English and Japanese books that interested participants can utilize.

The embassy also publicizes pamphlets and brochures that are passed on to universities, companies, and several organizations.

Contact details

The embassy provides a hotline for general inquiries regarding Japanese Visas. These centers include a domestic call fee if you are from the Philippines. Please be guided accordingly.

  • For Globe and Touch Mobile users, there is also a hotline available for 24 hours in two language options. English: 180087395252, Japanese: +81-3-5501-8431

  • For PLDT, Smart, and TNT mobile users, the hotline is available for 24 hours: 180011180005

※ Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, "Visa/Consular Services"

For applicants specifically searching for a Job in the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, you can email your CV through jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp, or you can contact their telephone line: 551-5710.

※ Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, "Job Opportunity"

The Diplomatic Tie

An embassy ensures that proper enforcement of the good covenant is being carried out. There is a reason why these structures are established in different areas of the globe. Sometimes, they serve as protection for refugees and illumination to their residents, as well as to the country they are being built on.

There are disputes that need to be addressed, and the embassy is the person fit for the job. This office encourages the implication of tranquil participation and collaboration between the state and its foreign nationals. The embassy should serve as a safe haven for concerns and regulatory measures needed in order to secure a peaceful ground between the host country and the nation being represented by the ambassador.


The Japanese embassies are your first step into Japan as a holder of a foreign passport, especially for long-term stay. To acquire a visa, you will need to utilize their services. Thus, we hope this article was a good introduction to what you can expect from a Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country, and good luck with the process of taking your first (or maybe second, third, or more) step into Japan and what’s waiting for you there.

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