Hire contractors in Japan

Hiring contractors in Japan? Rippling can help you onboard and pay Japanese contractors in a single system. In just a few clicks, you can localize onboarding, provision IT and app access, and run payroll for your contractors in Japan—while staying compliant with local laws. 

Avg Time to Hiring

Less than 5 minutes



Time Zone

GMT+9 (Tokyo)

Ready to hire a contractor in Japan?

Book a 30-minute demo to see how Rippling can help you hire and onboard a contractor in Japan in under 90 seconds.

at a glance

Hiring contractors in Japan can be a rollercoaster

Hiring Japanese contractors can be a challenge, as Japanese employment laws don’t clearly differentiate between contractors and employees. However, you still have to classify independent contractors correctly to avoid stiff fines, write employment contracts in Japanese, and pay your contractors in Japanese yen (JPY). Rippling can help you remain compliant with Japanese labor laws, while quickly expanding your global team. 

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Worry-free Compliance

Avoid misclassifying contractors in Japan

Rippling can help you avoid costly misclassification mistakes. Worried that your Japanese contractors are misclassified? Try our free classification assessment to find out.

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Support your Japanese contractors right out of the box with Rippling

Simplified Onboarding

Onboard contractors in Japan in 90 seconds

Rippling makes it easy to onboard Japanese contractors. Send out contracts in minutes. In a single onboarding flow, contractors can sign agreements, submit required payroll and KYC information, and even set up their email account or apps—all in a few minutes from their phone.

Global Workforce Management

Seamlessly transition contractors to employees

As your business grows, your workforce needs change. You can easily transition a contractor to an employee in minutes while preserving any historical data via Rippling EOR. Through the transition, you'll retain historical documents and payroll data, and the contractor can retain their email and systems access.


Set up and manage your Japanese contractors’ IT needs

Give contractors access to apps like Google Workspace and Slack with a few clicks—and remove it just as easily at the end of their contracts. You can increase security by enforcing multi-factor authentication and even set up workflows to automatically alert you of any suspicious login activity.

Contractor Compensation

Easily pay Japanese contractors in JPY

Easily pay contractors in your currency or JPY. And if you need to pay someone off-cycle for a late invoice? You can do that in minutes. Contractor payments are tied to invoices and integrated time-tracking, saving you manual data entry in pay runs and creating a papertrail to protect against misclassification risk.