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How to work in Japan with pharm/chem degree? 2019/5/6 11:35
Hi, I'm a undergraduate and I'm intending to major in pharmacy/chemistry. I'd also really like to work in Japan and I've been planning for exchange programs and taking N2 before graduation. However, I've looked up many articles and it seems to me that working in Japan in pharmacy/chemistry field is not very easy because the language requirement is much greater than other common jobs for foreigners like engineering. Also Japan doesn't recognize foreign pharmacy degree so in order to work as a pharmacist one has to take the national exam? Are there any other ways to work in Japan with US pharmacy/chemistry degree and how is the language requirement? Thanks:)
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Re: How to work in Japan with pharm/chem degree? 2019/5/6 15:37
You could try your luck at big pharma companies like Otsuka and so forth through the regular V̗p process (read about it if you don't know how it works). From a quick look at a few websites, they don't say anything specific about language requirements, so you can expect your language skills to be judged on the same standard as a native. Also, with only an undergrad degree you can often only get a general position where you do whatever they need you to do. For a specialised R&D position they mostly require a Master's.
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Re: How to work in Japan with pharm/chem degree? 2019/5/6 17:35
You could also apply for a New Joiner position at a CRO (contract research organization). There are big international ones such as IQVIA but also smaller Japanese ones with a global projection (like the one I work for). The Japanese requirements per company will vary, but I think N2 will be the minimum, N1 better.

Just as an example at the company I work, Linical, we hire every year a number of foreign graduates. They are graduates of Japanese universities, e.g. having completed a master here while getting their BA in their home countries.

Obviously a PP said, pharmaceutical companies are also a possibility.
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Re: How to work in Japan with pharm/chem degree? 2019/5/6 19:02
Thanks for the information because I thought pharmaceutical jobs are almost impossible... LikeBike mentioned that they hire foreign graduates, but how about graduates who don't have a japanese degree but speaks reasonable amount of japanese? Like I'm planning to take PharmD program which allows me to work in hospital, CRO etc. after completion if I were getting a job in US, so maybe it wouldn't be necessary for me to take master degree in US or japan.
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Re: How to work in Japan with pharm/chem degree? 2019/5/6 21:38
It depends what your goals in life and Japan are.

With a 4 year degree you should have the basics to be able to apply.

However your chances might be higher if you build first a career in CRO or Pharma in the US and the come to Japan. What I see is that new joiners need to have a very high Japanese level. So if you have that you might be interesting. If not you are getting more interesting if you have experience plus some good but not excellent Japanese.
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