- 15 Mar 2002
I actually disagree and say that it is possible for a 20 year old non Japanese to become a Police Officer in Japan.
Very, very difficult? - Obviously!
Impossible? - No.
He/She (lets call the person Toni) applies to study in Japan; starts studying intensely in Japan.
After a year Toni meets and marries a Japanese national and starts work in an all Japanese language environment.
Toni can apply for citizenship after 5 years as he will have the required period of residency (assuming Toni has remained in Japan for 80% of each of those years), enough fluency in Japanese to answer questions at the citizenship interview and the reading and writing level of an 8 year old. If Toni does not have proof of funds or livelihood himself, the spouse and or his parents in the USA can provide this.
It will take him 6 months to 2 years for the citizenship to be approved which would leave him with 3 years to apply for and join the Japanese Police Force .... if he still has the same enthusiasm to do so!
If anyone is interested in gaining citizenship .... there are experts who can help you:
It's usually the Americans who leave us Brits behind on the 'Can do' attitude front!
I would enjoy reading your personal firsthand experiences finding work as a foreigner in a Japanese-only environment. Please share a few anecdotes with us.