Arubaito: Part-time job

Arubaito means part-time job, and is a form of employment where employees work fewer hours compared to those with full-time contracts. In Japan, it is often called baito for short. The word arubaito originally comes from the German word Arbeit, which means work. While arubaito staff work for a fraction of the time full-time workers do, in some situations, because they are direct hire staff, they are also eligible for various company benefits, including paid vacation. Sometimes the word paato (part) may be used, which is a synonym for arubaito. However, there’s no clear distinction between them from a legal point of view.

As for foreign students staying in Japan on a student visa, once they obtain permission for activities other than those stipulated on their current status of residence, they are able to engage in part-time work up to a maximum of 28 hours per week. They can work any time of the day, and anywhere except in the adult-entertainment industry. However, they can work up to 8 hours per day during school holidays, such as in the summer or winter vacation. However, if they work part-time without permission, or work more than 28 hours per week, they will be subject to deportation or criminal punishment.

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