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Chances of a Visa 2008/9/15 21:03
I was wondering what the demand was like in Japan for Forensic Scientists and Crime Scene Investigators? I have currently just finished my Masters Degree in Forensic Science and Investigation and having spent time in labs in the UK have decided that the working conditions and salaries leave much to be desired, not to mention the current difficulty getting a job here. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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by David  

Reality check 2008/9/16 11:15

Even with fluent command of the Japanese language, I think the chances of getting a job in that field in Japan as a foreigner would be at least 100 times slimmer than in your home country. The working conditions and pay would probably be even less attractive too.
by Dave in Saitama rate this post as useful

And in UK ? 2008/9/16 13:39
Forensic Scientists and Crime Scene Investigators in UK aren't they british citizens ? I mean people working for the police aren't they supposed to be UK citizens ? Don't you think that working in such field does not require to be citizen of the country ? In Japan they are japanese citizens only and civil servants.
by Maximus rate this post as useful

. 2008/9/16 14:35
Watching the news all the time here in Japan, I highly doubt Japan is lacking Crime Scene investigators. Notwithstanding as one person noted above, most of the time they are working for the Police department, and since it is a public service job, you most likely need to be a Japanese national to get one of those jobs. As another poster noted, even with fluency in Japanese, getting a job as a foreigner would be 1000x harder, since they could just hire someone Japanese in Japan.
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To Maximus 2008/9/17 07:49
This is a frequent Japanese misconception, that government officials and civil servants must be citizens of the nation in which they work. Though true in Japan, this is not at all the case in the USA. Many police officers, government officials, and even US soldiers are not citizens of the United States.
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Really ? 2008/9/17 08:58
I just checked US gov websites and they say that US citizenship is required to become police officer, FBI agent, CIA agent, NSA agent. Can you imagine mexican citizens checking american citizens ID's ? Seriously ? Also to join US army, green card is required and it helps to become later a US citizen. Also I do not know countries that allow foreigners to be cops and check ID's of national citizens. Even Canada requires citizenship so does Japan.
by Maximus rate this post as useful

. 2008/9/17 10:12
Also I do not know countries that allow foreigners to be cops and check ID's of national citizens. Even Canada requires citizenship so does Japan.

Actually, Canada doesn't require citizenship to become a police officer. They'll accept permanent residents.


America does require citizenship.

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But ! 2008/9/17 10:23
Thanks fo the links but what does this sentence mean ?

Most police and detectives learn much of what they need to know on the job, often in their agencyfs police academy. Civil service regulations govern the appointment of police and detectives in most States, large municipalities, and special police agencies, as well as in many smaller jurisdictions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 20 years old, and must meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.

Did I read must be US citizens ?
by Maximus rate this post as useful

. 2008/9/17 10:29
America does require citizenship.

Yes, the US requires their police officers to be US citizens.

America = US.

Also, I'm not "PD." I'm a different person.
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... 2008/9/17 12:26
Getting back to the OP's question,

I found an English pamphlet put out by the National Police Agency who oversees the police forces in Japan. While it doesn't mention specific requirements of recruitment, it does mention that there are several written exams and interviews. As such, it should be assumed that one must first and foremost be absolutely fluent in Japanese to even stand a chance.


an index of the English pamphlet can be found here:

Here's the NPA site (Japanese), it should have their conditions of service info:
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