What is this?

A site to help English-speaking software developers find jobs in Japan. We believe there are great opportunities here for developers, but they can be hard to find. That’s why we put together a list of what we consider to be the best tech companies currently hiring developers here. We hope it will grow and change as we gather more data from the community.

Why did you build it?

Because finding a job as a software developer in Japan is harder than it should be. Other job boards/recruiting firms choose companies based on their ability to pay recruiting fees. But we wanted a site that chooses them based purely on quality. So we built Japan Dev. It's not affiliated with any company and we don't care if companies work with outside recruiters or not. We only care if they have good opportunities for developers or not. This means we can maintain an exhaustive, community-driven list of the best companies. Period.

Who are you?

We're a husband and wife team that work on this site in our free time.


Hi I'm Eric!

Software Engineer

I'm an engineer from the US, but I've been in Japan for about six years. I want to help other developers interested in Japan find a positive experience here.

And I'm Manami!

Digital Product Designer

I like designing things that make people happy. My dream is to help companies understand the importance of design and improve the image of Japan's tech industry globally.


How do you choose the companies?

An algorithm! It looks at things like…

  • User reviews + feedback
  • flex-direction: column;
  • Company reviews (1/2/3/4)
  • Salary data (1/2/3/4/5/6)
  • Retention rates, hiring trajectories etc.
  • English-friendliness
  • and more!

We know it’s far from perfect, but we think it’s better than nothing, and we want your help to make it better!