Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are you specialised for Japanese companies?
A: Most small and medium-sized Japanese companies have a Japanese working philosophy, and not all candidates are suitable for such an environment. Our job is finding the candidates who have not only the right technical qualifications, but also the right mentality for such a Japanese company.

Q: Do you only employ Japanese staff?
A: We employ about 10% Japanese staff and around 90% Europeans.

Q: When did we begin in this business?
A: Japan Management was founded in 1988 to support Japanese companies in sourcing personnel.

Q: Do you ever work for other nationality companies?
A: Occasionally we employ Japanese staff with German or American companies.

Q: Who founded Japan Management and why?
A: Our company was founded many years ago by three European partners who had a private interest in Japan and had previously done business with Japanese companies. They determined that this was a niche market which was not receiving much support and decided to use their knowledge of European and Japanese cultures to bridge the gap.

Q: Do you have any Japanese staff in your company?
A: All of our correspondence is done in English (or German if requested). Our company is made up of people from Germany, Scotland, England, France and Finland.

Q: If I am a European with Japanese language, can I apply?
A: Absolutely, we employ many Europeans with Japanese language with our clients.

Q: Are you specialised for any particular industry?
A: We cover all sectors and industries. We have regularly worked in the major industries, and have done many specialised recruitment projects in extremely limited niche industries.

Q: Which industries do you cover the most?
A: Our greatest experience lies in Automotive, Chemical, Machine Tools, Electronic, Pharmaceutical and Heavy Industry.

Q: What kind of positions do you fill?
A: We employ people in all possible positions from mechanic to director level. This includes many secretaries, bookkeepers, sales assistants, marketing staff, sales representatives, sales engineers, development engineers, CAD engineers, sales managers, HR and administration managers, financial directors and controllers, senior management, etc. See our Positions page for more details.

Q: Which geographical areas do you cover?
A: We cover all of Europe, including Eastern Europe. See our „Countries“ page for more details.

Q: Do you provide headhunting services?
A: Yes we do, but we have a strict policy that we never headhunt inside a company which is currently or has been our client at any time in the past. Successfully recruiting with this policy is not hard for us to achieve, because we have American and European companies to use as our search pool.

Q: If you undertake a headhunting project, can you be confidential regarding the client?
A: Absolutely, we never mention the client’s name until they give approval, and we do not even use our own Japan Management company name – we have the right to use the name of our affiliated company. In this way, no one can discover that we are even searching on behalf of a Japanese client.

Q: How much fee do you charge?
A: Our fees are the industry standard, and vary by search method. We also can extend an introductory offer for first-time clients as well as a discount for multiple-position projects. Please see our „Request Quotation“ page. For the candidates our service is free of charge.

Q: If I apply for a new job through Japan Management, will my information be kept confidential?
A: Absolutely. We consult candidates before sending their information to other companies.

Q: Does Japan Management have an office in Düsseldorf?
A: We cover Dsseldorf, Rhein-Main and Stuttgart areas from our office near Mainz, which enjoys a central location within Germany, allowing fast access to all major industrial areas.

Q: Why is your German office located in the Rhein-Main area?
A: Our oldest and largest clients are located near Frankfurt and we are conveniently close to Germany’s largest airport for European-wide business.

Q: Do you offer job vacancies in Japan?
A: This is very rare. We recommend you check other sources in Japan for this.

Q: Do you offer places for Apprentices?
A: Our clients are generally small and medium-sized companies and we do not generally have vacancies for apprentices.

Q: What makes Japan Management different to other recruitment agencies?
A: We have over 25 years experience working with Japanese businesses and therefore have a deep understanding of Japanese companies and the kind of employees who fit best. Our hard work and results-oriented service have given us a positive reputation and long-term business relationships with our clients.