List of Legit Agency for Japan in the Philippines (2023)

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Getting a new job in another country where the locals hardly speak Filipino or English can be daunting. If you want to simplify job hunting, finding opportunities through POEA-accredited agencies is one of your best options.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, or POEA (now the Department of Migrant Workers or DMW), is an attached Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) agency. The DMW oversees, inspects, and approves agencies to protect Filipinos against scams. They maintain and update an internet database where you can search for legitimate agencies with job openings in Japan and other countries. 

This page shows the list of legit recruitment agencies hiring for Japan in the Philippines and how to get a job through them.


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POEA-Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Japan in the Philippines (Updated)

To better help you with your job hunting, we have compiled a list of all POEA-accredited agencies that recruit Filipino skilled workers bound for Japan. Our team has reviewed and verified each of the agencies listed below for your ease of use. If you want to check the agency’s legitimacy independently, we recommend using the DMW’s official agency database.

1. 1st Dynamic Personnel Resources Inc.

  • Address: 3F, JLC Bldg., No. 8 N. Ramirez Street, Don Manuel, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: (02) 416-1848
  • Email Address: [email protected]                     
  • Website:           
  • Official Representative: Catherine Liana Z. Chua
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 6/10/2022 to 4/8/2026

2. 10th Story Placement Agency Inc.

  • Address: 2F & 3F, 1523-1527 M.H.Del Pilar St., Ermita Manila
  • Tel No/s: 02 7211 9847/09178077482/09175283447
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Official Representative: Mr. Alfonso Uy Ng
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 6/23/2020 to 4/1/2024

3. 2000 Miles Placement Agency Inc. (For Geosons PLCT Agency Inc.)

  • Address: Units 14 & 15, Don Graciano Bldg., 1180 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., New Manila, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 4148717/4168229/6615388/09209503504
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Website:
  • Official Representative: Emilia S. Poblete
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 9/16/2019 to 9/27/2023

4. Abba Personnel Services Inc.

  • Address: Unit UG01, North Podium, Pioneer Corporate Center, Pioneer Highlands Condominium, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong   
  • Tel No/s: 6335175/6371324                     
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]           
  • Official Representative: Nestor Flores  
  • Status: Valid License       
  • License Validity: 9/22/2015 to 6/5/2024

5. ABD Overseas Manpower Corp. (Formerly United Placement INT`L)

  • Address: Ground Floor & Second Floor, 2310 Marconi Corner, M San Isidro, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 8434757/8876041/09189540700/09176204709
  • Email Address[email protected] / candidates.abd@gmail    
  • Official Representative: Ms. Alicia B. Devulgado   
  • Status: Valid License         
  • License Validity: 7/12/2022 to 5/1/2024

6. Achieve Universal International Recruitment Services Inc.

  • Address: 2F & 3F, 302 J.P. Rizal St., Project 4, Quezon City   
  • Tel No/s: 09189409318     
  • Email Address:  [email protected]                            
  • Official Representative: Ma. Lourdes N. Meria    
  • Status: Valid License               
  • License Validity: 7/3/2020 to 3/8/2024

7. A.C. Sicat International Manpower Services

  • Address: Block 6, Lot 9, Villa Lourdes, San Isidro, Bacolor, Pampanga   
  • Tel No/s: 09171882711/09128402946         
  • Official Representative: Arturo C. Sicat
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/31/2023 to 10/1/2023

8. Alizabeth Recruitment Incorporated

  • Address: Address: 4A & 4C East 21 Manila Bldg., 1724 A. Mabini Street, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 02-7900-7262      
  • Email Address: [email protected]              
  • Official Representative: Emelita C. Catsao     
  • Status: Valid License               
  • License Validity: 2/8/2023 to 2/2/2027

9. Alo International Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: No. 8 Ligaya St., Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong         
  • Tel No/s: 09273161319                     
  • Official Representative: Zyrelle R. De Jesus                                    
  • Status: Valid License                  
  • License Validity: 3/31/2023 to 10/1/2023
  • Address: Unit 2, 3/F, Krisambet Bldg., 2296 F.B. Harrison St., Brgy. 27, Zone 4, District 1, Pasay City
  • Tel No/s: 09088114843/0933-811-2772 
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Official Representative: Elizabeth Que Alvina
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 12/21/2022 to 1/7/2026

11. Alpha Tomo (P) INTL Manpower Services Inc. (Formerly R.A. Tomo International)

  • Address: Doors 1&2, 57 Scout Chuatoco Street, Paligsahan, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 4117960/4115771/5730893/ 0916-4391510     
  • Email Address[email protected]                           
  • Official Representative: Edna S. Osea 
  • Status: Valid License                 
  • License Validity: 7/31/2019 to 7/11/2023

12. Aqium International Inc. (For Acquim INTL Inc.)

  • Address: Unit 2A, 3A & 3B, 4K Plaza Bldg., 677 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City 
  • Tel No/s: 6365330/6332759/09178774688                
  • Email Address: [email protected]               
  • Status: Valid License                 
  • License Validity: 9/9/2019 to 10/29/2023

13. Ark Overseas Human Resource Corp.

  • Address: Room 302, 3F, Executive Bldg. CTR, Gil Puyat cor. Makati Avenue, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 818-6516/09994165086                
  • Email Address: [email protected]          
  • Official Representative: Hedy Liza U. Vanzuela
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 4/20/2023 to 7/7/2023

14. Asia Reach International Management & Contractor Services Inc.

  • Address: Suite 18-A, 18F Ramon Magsaysay Center, 1680 Roxas Boulevard, Manila   
  • Tel No/s: 3100881 local 116/09457524456    
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Website:     
  • Official Representative: Anthony G. Sison 
  • Status: Valid License    
  • License Validity: 9/2/2022 to 8/25/2026

15. Asian Dream Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: G/F (Portion), Roxas Boulevard cor. Sta. Monica St., Pasay City    
  • Tel No/s: 02 7092-4454
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Official Representative: Rockefeller B. Lallave                     
  • Status: Valid License   
  • License Validity: 11/18/2020 to 9/19/2024

16. Awri-All-World Recruitment Inc. (Formerly White Bird Business Management & G)

  • Address: No. 6 Jane De Joya St., BF Resort, Las Piñas         
  • Tel No/s: 632- 8057754 / 09257244852   
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]      
  • Official Representative: Newel Monica V. Guioguio           
  • Status: Valid License         
  • License Validity: 4/24/2023 to 9/3/2026

17. Benchstone Enterprises Inc.

  • Address: 2nd Floor, 2687 Arellano Avenue, Sta. Ana, Manila    
  • Tel No/s: 2556353/2410362
  • Email Address: [email protected]                     
  • Website:           
  • Official Representative: Edward Filip G. Edquiban     
  • Status: Valid License   
  • License Validity: 3/10/2020 to 3/7/2024


  • Address: 2F & 3F (Left Wing), BMH Centre Bldg., 3963 Yague St., Makati 
  • Tel No/s: 896-4667/0917-555-2515    
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]    
  • Website:      
  • Official Representative: Belen M. Alhumayed  
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 11/10/2022 to 12/19/2026

19. Blazing Star International Manpower Services

  • Address: Unit 107, Makati Cinema Square Tower, 1299 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati  
  • Tel No/s: 4006080/5213158        
  • Email Address: [email protected]             
  • Official Representative: Myra P. De Jesus       
  • Status: Valid License  
  • License Validity: 5/18/2023 to 7/10/2027

20. Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Specialists Inc. (Formerly Chartreuse Promotion)

  • Address: G/F & 2/F-A, CPDC Bldg., 138 Gen Luna St., Brgy. Taguig    
  • Tel No/s: 86435400/09950863767   
  • Email Address: [email protected]                      
  • Official Representative: Christina Dela Cruz-Frey         
  • Status: Valid License                   
  • License Validity: 11/10/2022 to 12/6/2026

21. Coreteam Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: Lot 111, Estaca, Cebu
  • Tel No/s: 5342862  
  • Email Address: [email protected]/faye@coreteamrecruitme       
  • Official Representative: Fe Esperanza E. Benitez                             
  • Status: Valid License       
  • License Validity: 7/27/2022 to 7/29/2026

22. CPM Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: 1487-A Galvani Street, Brgy. San Isidro, Makati     
  • Tel No/s: 856-6247/892-2875/09953192242   
  • Email Address: [email protected]                          
  • Official Representative: Adelaida Perez      
  • Status: Valid License 
  • License Validity: 7/29/2020 to 5/27/2024

23. Danasan Manpower & Management Services Inc. (Formerly Danasan Manpower & Management Services)

  • Address: 4345 Dayap St. cor. Matanzas St., Makati    
  • Tel No/s: 0920-8716311        
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Official Representative: Rafaela C. Inciong     
  • Status: Valid License    
  • License Validity: 10/30/2019 to 9/21/2023

24. Desertwealth Int’l Services Corp. (Industrial Manpower ENT Company)

  • Address: Suite A, B, & C, Taft Business CTR, 2143 – 2159 Taft Ave., Malate, Manila 
  • Tel No/s: 230-4012/230-3323/0919-6240806    
  • Email Address: [email protected]                                  
  • Website:   
  • Official Representative: Mr. Vicente M. Madamba
  • Status: Valid License   
  • License Validity: 9/25/2019 to 10/25/2023

25. Edi Staffbuilders International Inc.

  • Address: Units 701, 703, & 704 Corporate Center, 139 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati          
  • Tel No/s: 8126703 – 04/8921814    
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: 
  • Official Representative: Mr. Cesar A. Averia Jr.  
  • Status: Valid License           
  • License Validity: 9/22/2022 to 6/20/2026

26. EMCJ Manpower International Inc.

  • Address: S109B, Criselda I Bldg., No. 109 SCT De Guia St., Diliman, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 4263085/4424328     
  • Email Address: [email protected]                                         
  • Official Representative: Apolonio L. Balbuena
  • Status: Valid License             
  • License Validity: 4/19/2021 to 8/5/2024

27. Everlast International Placements Inc.

  • Address: 4A, 4th Floor, Palacio Grande Bldg., General Luna cor. Anda Sts., Manila
  • Tel No/s: 7-004-5993, 5-310-1275/+639171037392        
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]  
  • Official Representative: Rolando Antiporda Chua          
  • Status: Valid License       
  • License Validity: 9/11/2020 to 5/27/2024

28. Expedite Movers Manpower Services

  • Address: Rooms 201 & 302, Bencom Bldg., 146 West Ave., Quezon City     
  • Tel No/s: 4137784/09496111469      
  • Email Address: [email protected]              
  • Official Representative: Ronalyn G. Atong                          
  • Status: Valid License 
  • License Validity: 7/4/2022 to 12/3/2023

29. Faasi International Corporation

  • Address: Units 1 & 2, 2F, Abalos Bldg., ID-39, Betag La Trinidad, Benguet    
  • Tel No/s: 09103181709               
  • Email Address: [email protected]                                
  • Official Representative: Rosario F. Capulong        
  • Status: Valid License                                                    
  • License Validity: 5/2/2021 to 5/14/2024

30. Global Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: M-1565 Luz Henson Bldg., 1555 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila     
  • Tel No/s: 5255236/5255265         
  • Email Address: [email protected]                   
  • Official Representative: Pia Delfina C. Alonzo
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 8/12/2022 to 9/17/2023

31. Goldmarc International Career Corp.

  • Address: GF, 2F, 3F, & 4F, 2639 Aurora Blvd., Sta. Cruz, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 7412858/7119313/09209075080
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: N/A
  • Official Representative: Manuel D. Arce
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/21/2020 to 5/8/2024

32. Grand Placement & General Services Corp.

  • Address: 2F 1636 Bldg., 1636 F Agoncillo St., Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 5251031/5267992
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Official Representative: Lina S. Sy
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 6/26/2020 to 6/24/2024

33. Greenland Overseas Manpower Services Co.

  • Address: G/F Unit B, F & C Building II, 2275 Int., P. Burgos Street, Brgy. 58, Pasay City
  • Tel No/s: 8461-7287
  • Official Representative: Joanne Marie A. Kasala
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 4/5/2023 to 1/24/2027

34. H.M.O. International Recruitment Inc. (Formerly H.M.O. International Human Resources)

  • Address: Units 301 & 302, DLR Bldg., 1337 A. Mabini Street, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 8395-2399/8531-1665
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Official Representative: Tessie B. Manatad
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 10/13/2022 to 7/28/2026

35. Hopewell Overseas Manpower Network, Incorporated

  • Address: Units 603 & 604, Dy International Building, 1011 Gen. Malvar cor. San Marcelino Sts., Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 5240629/ 09178870732
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Website:
  • Official Representative: Catherine B. Bamahrez
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 2/7/2020 to 8/10/2023

36. HRD Employment Consultant And Multi-Services Inc.

  • Address: 3/F Jemarson Bldg., 1618 P. Hidalgo Lim St., Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 5250280/5235455
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Official Representative: Nora B. Braganza
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/12/2022 to 7/7/2026

37. Ikon Solutions Asia Inc.

  • Address: 8-A, 8/F, Algo Center Bldg., 162 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 88403252
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Official Representative: Paolo Roberto M. Martel
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 1/13/2021 to 1/12/2025

Why You Should Apply for Jobs in Japan Through POEA Agencies

Benefits of Applying Through POEA-Accredited Agencies

An accreditation from the POEA (now DMW or the Department of Migrant Workers) allows a foreign business to recruit Filipino workers through licensed recruitment agencies. Through this, the POEA can protect OFWs from substandard labor practices and scams such as identity theft and illegal recruitment1.  

The licenses issued are only valid for four years and can be revoked by DMW before expiration. Check the DMW’s agency database to see if the agency still has a valid license. 

There are several benefits of going through a POEA-accredited recruitment agency when applying for a job in Japan, such as the following: 

  • It is much less likely to be scammed or hired by an abusive employer. 
  • Several of these recruitment agencies have built a rapport with many foreign employers which can help improve your chances of getting the job. 
  • They can easily guide you through the whole process so you don’t miss out on important details. 
  • In a dispute, the DMW has the authority to require the recruitment agency to refund a portion of your money and return your papers. 
  • You can contact the DMW if you are approached by an agency that asks you to engage in illegal or suspicious activity. 

How POEA/DMW Validates Job Orders

When foreign companies seek Filipino employees, they go through accredited recruitment agencies, which send them to the DMW for assessment and approval. The DMW screens these job postings and issues a job order once it has been verified to be a legitimate job opening void of suspicion. As a job applicant, you can now apply for the job opening with the approved job order.  

But be careful. Jobs from previous work orders may no longer be available. Use the DMW website to look for jobs from the latest job order. Job order details include the date of submission, the names of each position, and the number of positions available.


How To Apply for Jobs in Japan Through POEA-Accredited Agencies: 8 Steps

Now that you know the advantages of going through an accredited agency, here’s a step-by-step guide on what you need to do so that you can chase after your dream job in Japan.

1. Search for a job position in the DMW database

You can use the DMW database for an in-depth search of the latest job orders from Japan. Choose “Job Site” from the list of search categories in the drop-down box. Input the country name (which, in this case, is Japan) in the search box next to it. Finally, click the Search button and wait for the page to display the latest job orders, specifically from Japan.

how to search for japan job orders in the new dmw job orders database

You can easily sort the order of information on the database to find your ideal job. Select any of the available options on their database: 

  • Sort by Date JO was Approved. Looking at the newest job orders approved by the DMW is helpful. 
  • Sort by Agency. This option presents you with the list of approved job orders sorted by the agency name, arranged alphabetically. This filter is helpful if you’re looking for a job order under a specific recruitment agency. 
  • Sort by Position. This arranges the list alphabetically based on the name of the position. This is an excellent option if you want to apply for a specific job position. 
  • Sort by JO Balance or the number of vacancies available for each position. The more vacancies there are for a particular job, the more chances you have of getting that position.

If you don’t find the job you are looking for, you can check back again some other day. The database is regularly updated and maintained by the DMW. 

2. Make a list of the job orders

Once you’ve figured out how to use the DMW database, it’s a good time to create a shortlist of all the ideal job positions you want to apply for. You can filter easier by using the Sort by Position function on the DMW database. After using the filter, you should then: 

  • Check the job order approval date. The newest approved job orders are the most likely to have positions available. 
  • Check the number of open positions in the job order (i.e., JO Balance). The higher the number of available posts, the higher your chance of being accommodated by the employer and getting hired. 

For example, if you want to apply for a position as an English teacher, make a shortlist of all the job orders based on the date and number of vacancies available using the Sort by Position function. This will help you narrow your search for viable opportunities that can lead to a job you want.

3. Do research on the jobs that you want to apply for

To better understand your qualifications for a specific job, you can check out a few online job boards, including,,, and Most of these websites will provide several job postings containing important information about the job you aim for, like job description, expected salary, job requirements, location, and other pertinent details.

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4. Check if the POEA-accredited agency has a valid license

You can verify this by searching for the agency’s name in the new DMW agency database and checking the status and license validity dates.

how to verify the status of the japan recruitment agency online

5. Do research on the agency

More than 150 recruitment agencies currently have job orders for job postings in Japan. Similar to job hunting, looking for an agency that can address your needs can go a long way in helping you land the job that you want.

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It is recommended that you visit the agencies’ official websites and social media accounts for more information on them, such as: 

  • Contact details and location 
  • Application and recruitment process 
  • Fees (if any) 
  • Support services they provide to OFWs 
  • Reviews from other people who have experience working with the agency 

6. Contact the POEA-Accredited Agency

Contact your chosen accredited agency and get all the relevant information, requirements, and documents you need before you visit their office. 

7. Update your resume and portfolio

This is your time to put your best foot forward and showcase how your talents and expertise meet the job requirements. To have a better chance of getting hired, you can do the following: 

  • Learn more about potential employers, their values, and the job’s requirements. You can do this by visiting their official website and social media accounts. 
  • Create a customized cover letter and resume. When you personalize your cover letter, it will let the agency know that you’ve adequately prepared for getting the job. Remember to highlight your most outstanding achievements and strengths to leave an excellent first impression and stand out.
  • Prepare for your interview. You can do this by listing relevant topics and questions that the interviewer might bring up so that you’re prepared to answer them. It would be best to consider listing your questions for the employer. This shows them your enthusiasm and that you have a genuine interest in performing well at the job.  
  • Start practicing your Nihongo. Though some jobs do not require you to speak Japanese, learning Nihongo is a distinct advantage. It opens more opportunities for you both in terms of getting job prospects and generally having an easier time living in Japan. Some companies may require you to have a certain level of Japanese proficiency based on your JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) results. You can check out JLPT’s website for more information on the test and the advantages of the JLPT. 

8. Submit your application

Once you’ve prepared all the requirements, do your due diligence and double-check everything before contacting the agency. Visit them and ask for assistance so they can guide you the rest of the way. 


What Are the Requirements for Getting a Job in Japan Through POEA-Accredited Agencies?

1. Job-specific qualifications

Depending on the job you’re applying for, you may be required by the employer to show specific documents or credentials to prove that you’re fit for the job. Some of the most common job-specific qualifications include: 

  • JLPT is the most widely known and recognized certification of Japanese language proficiency. The levels range from N1 to N5, with N5 being the easiest and N1 the hardest. Obtaining a JLPT accreditation is not a legal requirement for a visa or a hard requirement for many jobs in Japan. However, those with 70 points or higher get preferential treatment at immigration. A JLPT accreditation is also concrete proof to an employer of your Japanese language aptitude, which can help hire you. 
  • University Degree – Depending on the job you’re applying for, some companies have a hard rule of requiring a four-year degree from a university. It’s always a good idea to double-check with the recruitment agency. 
  • Others – There may be other job-specific requirements that your employer may ask for, such as TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). As always, it would be prudent to ask the recruitment agency. 

2. Documents detailing the hiring company and position you were hired for

Every foreigner who comes to Japan for employment needs a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)2 from the Immigration Services in Japan. Your employer should be in charge of getting a COE application on your behalf. This is also a prerequisite before applying for a Japanese work visa. 

3. Japanese work visa

Working visas are classified by the kind of work or profession the applicant is engaged in. There are nearly 30 different work and long-term visas available for ex-pats. The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lists the kind of visas as follows: 

  • Professor (Examples: university professor, assistant professor, assistant, etc.)
  • Artist (Examples: composers, songwriters, artists, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers, etc.)
  • Religious activities (Examples: religious people such as monks, bishops, missionaries, etc.)
  • Journalist (Examples: newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, editors, news cameramen, announcers, etc.) 
  • Business manager (Examples: company presidents, directors, etc.) 
  • Legal/Accounting services (Examples: attorneys, judicial scriveners, public accountants, tax accountants, etc., certified in Japan) 
  • Medical services (Examples: physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, etc., certified in Japan)
  • Researcher (Examples: researchers, investigators, etc. at research institutes, etc.) 
  • Instructor (Examples: teachers, etc., at elementary schools, intermediate schools, and high schools) 
  • Engineer/Specialist in humanities/International services (Examples: scientific engineers, IT engineers, foreign language teachers, interpreters, copywriters, designers, etc.) 
  • Intra-company transferee (Examples: people transferred to the Japanese branch (head office of the same company, etc.) 
  • Nursing care (Example: certified care worker) 
  • Entertainers (Examples: musicians, actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, models, etc.) 
  • Skilled labor (Examples: chefs specializing in the food of a foreign country, animal trainers, pilots, sports trainers, sommeliers, etc.) 
  • Specified skilled worker (i.e., work-ready foreign nationals who possess certain expertise and skills in specific industrial fields) 
  • Technical intern training (Examples: Technical intern) 

Aside from the work visa categories in the list above, Japan has also introduced the specified skills visa (tokutei ginou) for foreign workers in specific labor sectors. The specified skills visa is further split into types: 

a. Specified Skills Visa 1-SSV1 – valid for one year and renewable for up to five years. Workers who have this visa cannot bring their families with them. Skilled workers in the following fields are eligible for this visa: 

  • Agriculture 
  • Materials processing 
  • Nursing care 
  • Shipbuilding 
  • Restaurants 
  • Airport ground handling and aircraft maintenance 
  • Food and beverage 
  • Hotels 
  • Industrial machinery 
  • Electronics and electric machinery 
  • Building cleaning 
  • Construction 
  • Vehicle maintenance 
  • Fishery 

b. Specified Skills Visa 2-SSV2 – renewable indefinitely, and workers with this visa may bring their family to Japan. Workers on Visa 1-SSV1 can apply for Visa 2-SSV2 once they have achieved higher levels of specialization in their field. 

The last category would be the highly skilled professional visa3. However, this is only available for advanced specialized or technical professions. Thus, they are rarely, if at all, found through POEA-accredited agencies.

For further details on the requirements specific to each kind of working visa, you can go to the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

4. Philippine government requirements

Aside from your host country and employers’ requirements, the POEA/DMW has the following requirements to properly prepare you for working overseas. 

  • PEOS Certificate – the PEOS is an 8-module online seminar designed to educate you about overseas job application procedures, documentary requirements for working abroad, and protecting yourself from illegal recruitment scams. It is free, and you can register through their official website.  
  • Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) – all OFWs must have an OEC when departing for or returning to work overseas. Also known as exit clearance/pass, the OEC is a document that certifies that you are legally registered under the POEA. You can use it as a perk to get travel tax and airport terminal fee exemptions.

How Much Will It Cost To Go Through a POEA-Accredited Agency To Get a Job in Japan?

1. Placement Fee

There are no placement fees for workers deployed to Japan except for the following cases4

  • Entertainers (musicians, theater actors, or performance artists in broadcasting programs, movies, vaudeville, etc.) 
  • Models (models in fashion shows or other events, commercial models, art models) 
  • Scientists (those involved in research, planning, management, and instruction of technical matters for business activities) 
  • Management Executives 
  • Skilled Workers (pass the technical skill test provided by Article 44, paragraph 1 of the Human Resources Development Promotion Act {Act No. 64 of 1969} for the special grade or the first grade or any corresponding skill, and provides businesses utilizing such skill for production or other business activities) 

Placement fees may only be collected from these occupations when they have earned at least 7 million yen or more in the first year since employment. Fees may be equivalent to 10.8% of their initial 6-month earnings after employment but cannot exceed one (1) month’s salary as per the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Filipino Workers of 20165

2. Documentation Fees

Of the documents that you need when looking for a job abroad, the following are the ones with fees attached to them: 

3. Test Fees


Tips & Warnings

1. Keep yourself updated on the latest scams that you should watch out for

For reference, here are some common red flags that you might encounter:

  • The agency is not accredited with the POEA/DMW. You can verify the accreditation status of an agency by checking the list of accredited agencies on the DMW website
  • You are asked to pay by the agency before you can get a job, or you’re being asked for more than the required placement fee. The employer should shoulder recruitment costs. The placement fee is often waived, save for some exceptions. In those cases, the placement fee may only be collected when you have earned at least 7 million yen or more in the first year since employment. 
  • There is insufficient information about the job and the requirements. Avoid applying for a job that lacks details if the agency and employer are unwilling to give you enough information. This is especially true for getting a job in a different country. 
  • There is little to no information about the employer on the Internet. Most legitimate employers will likely have an official website or social media pages where you can find more information on them.  

2. Do your research on your potential employer

Learn more about the company’s culture and values, what they do, how they conduct business, and how they treat their employees. All of these are important so you can better gauge whether you will be a good fit for the job.  

It is also an excellent way to prepare for your interview so that you can better answer their questions, and in turn, you can also ask them the right questions in preparation for getting the job. 


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there Manila-based accredited agencies for jobs in Japan?

Several Manila-based accredited agencies recruit workers from various industries ranging from caregivers to dancers. The following Manila-based agencies have some of the most significant numbers of approved job orders from 2021 to 2022: 

AgencyOffice Location and Contact Details
Prudential Employment Agency Inc. – Main Branch Address: 2nd & 3rd Floors Manahin Corporation Building, #70 Gloria Diaz St, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas, 1740 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8403 2823 
Twinstars International Corporation Address: 421 P. Tuazon Blvd, Project 4, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8928 3814 
Subaru Enterprises, Inc.  Address: 2195 G. G. Cruz, cor M. Roxas St, Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8852 3885 
UNO Overseas Placement, Inc.  Address: 867 M.F. Jhocson, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila  Contact Number: (02) 8743 1134 
Studio 85 Promotions Inc  Address: 2118 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: 0975 726 8896 
Aqium International, Inc.  Address: Unit 2a 4K Plaza Bldg., #677 Shaw Blvd., Pasig, Metro Manila  Contact Number: (02) 8633 2759 
Studio Kay International Corporation Address: 1038 Teresa St, Makati, 1208 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8897 6721 
Multi-Orient Manpower & Management Services Inc Address: 2/F, RECRAA Building, Vitalez Compound, Service Road 1700 Parañaque, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: 0917 506 8590 
SANKO EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS INC., Address:  Unit A 1/F, 2275 Interior Padre, Burgos St, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8805 9855 
Alizabeth Recruitment Incorporated Address:  4th Floor, East 21 Manila Bldg, 1724 A. Mabini St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8521 5179 
Sunrise International Talent Center, Inc. Address:  Unit 4A, 4K Plaza Bldg, 677 Shaw Blvd, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8637 3816 
Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Specialists, Incorporation Address: 138 CPDC Bldg, Gen. Luna St, Taguig  
Contact Number: (02) 8643 7984 
AML & GS Placement Ent. Co. Inc  Address:  Taft Ave, Manila, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 523 5794 / 994 3682 
NONSTOP OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CORPORATION Address: 1712 A. Mabini St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila  Contact Number: (632) 400 5077 / (632) 400-5079 
Royal Gem Resources and Manpower Development Corp.  Address: Doninan Building, 36 4th Ave East, Grace Park, Caloocan, 1403 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8365 3246 
Placewell International Services Corporation   Address:  6488 Medina St, Makati, 1230 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (049) 511 4285 
Phil. Assist Life Manpower Corporation  Address:  282 EDSA Ext, Pasay, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: 09178002713 
Multi-Resources Development Corp  Address: 14 United St, Pasig, 1603 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8654 1808 
Philasia Human Resources Inc Address: Trident Tower, 28 Floor, 312 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8552 3617 
YWA Human Resource Corporation  Address: 1268 Gen. Luna St, Paco, Manila, 1007 Metro Manila  Contact Number: (02) 8524 7777 
Mission Way Manpower Services, Inc. Address:  1828 San Marcelino St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila  Contact Number: (02) 8522 7386 
I-Link Solutions Manpower Agency Incorporated Address:  Lot 4, Block 1, Delphi Street, Vista Verde Executive Village, Cainta, 1900  
Contact Number: (02) 8531 5840 
Channel International Placement Services Corporation Address: Unit 206 Armal Plaza, 263 C. Raymundo Ave, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8790 5920 
Ark Overseas Human Resource Corporation  Address: RM 302, 3F, Executive Bldg. Ctr, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: 0906 234 4572 / 0999 416 5086 
Uniplan Overseas Employment Inc  Address: 302 J.P. Rizal St., Project 4, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1109  
Contact Number: (+632) 911 5181 
Mother’s Way Overseas Manpower Specialist Corp Address:  Rm 301-303, 3rd Flr, 156 Antonio S. Arnaiz Ave, Pasay, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 889 5964 
Agility International Manpower Solution Inc. Address: Unit 511, 2nd Flr, Jerr Building, Alonzo Street, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 799 7700 local 167 
Alpha Tomo Int’l Manpower Services, Inc. Address: 57-D1 Sct. Chuatoco St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: 0939 828 9050 
JCJ Management Services & International Promotion Address: Room 206, 400 & 402 FSE Building, 3671-3673 Bautista St, Makati, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 501 9381 
JRT Magica International Placement and General Services Address:  2646H Taft Ave, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8526 0031 
Jopman Corporation Address: 2nd Floor Pelaez Bldg, 775 JP Rizal St, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 8365 3122 / (02) 525 4661 / 0928 500 9464 
Nevika Human Resource Internationale, Incorporated Address:  5151 Filmore St, Makati, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (02) 728 3334 
Fluor Manpower Agency Inc Address: Units 101 & 102 Casa Pennsylvania, 1638, Leon Guinto St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 8842 6741 
Tai-Fil Manpower Services Corporation Address:  4C, D & E, N.T. Ctr, Alabang–Zapote Rd, Cupang, Muntinlupa, 1771 Metro Manila  
Contact Number: (+632) 511 7381 
Nihon Kokusai Recruitment Agency Incorporated Address: 2nd Flr, Kallista Bldg., B1 L4, BF Drive, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas  
Contact Number: (+632) 8801 0353 

2. Are there Cebu-based accredited agencies for jobs in Japan?

Yes. The following is the list of Cebu-based agencies with approved job orders from 2021 to 2022: 

AgencyOffice Location and Contact Details
Golden Gateway International Manpower Services Inc. Address: 28 A. Climaco St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu  
Contact Number: (032) 253 1566 
Richelle Manpower Agency Co Address: 2175 Andres Abellana Ext, Villalon Subdivision, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu  
Contact Number: (032) 239 7453 / 0908 869 7234 
West Cebu People Solutions, Inc.  Address: 3rd Flr, Tsuneishi Admin Bldg, WCIP-SEZ, Buanoy, Balamban 6041 Balamban, Cebu  
Contact Number: 0917 625 6039 / (032) 231 2299 
PSC Primary Skills, Inc.  Address: Unit 2 Ground Flr Pres. Quezon St, Cebu City, Cebu  Contact Number: (032) 260 1884 

3. Can I get a job in Japan without going through POEA-accredited agencies?

As a rule of thumb, there is a ban on direct hiring. As a result, all Filipino workers working abroad will have to go through POEA-accredited agencies. Consequently, the Philippine government requires all foreign employers who will hire Filipino workers to undergo a verification/accreditation process6 by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the POEA. 

But there are a few exceptions7

  • Members of the Diplomatic Corps, International Organizations, and Heads of State and Government Officials with the rank of at least Deputy Minister 
  • If the employer applied for an exemption from the ban, which will be subjected to POLO’s evaluation and subsequent recommendation for POEA’s approval

4. How do Japanese employers hire Filipinos through POEA?

Foreign employers, including those in Japan, must hire Filipino workers through POEA-licensed private employment and manning agencies to meet their manpower needs. If the foreign employer is a government entity or a government-owned or controlled enterprise, the latter can use the POEA’s Government Placement Branch to process its recruiting (GPB). 

Prospective employers interested in hiring Filipino workers should check the official list of licensed private employment agencies (land-based and sea-based) available at their nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), Philippine Embassy/Consulate in their country, or the DMW website. For agency referral assistance, the employer may contact the POEA directly



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