10 Unique Part-Time Jobs Found In Japan

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In Japan, there are a lot kinds of part-time jobs you never heard of.

While there are a variety of reasons why people take up baito, having a unique way of earning money might very well be one of them.

Let's take a look at these 10 unique part-time jobs found in Japan.


With over 5.5 million vending machines in Japan, you can imagine that space constraint is a big issue.

It is not easy to find a legal spot to plant one of these modern marvels and companies are willing to pay good money for successful scouting of placement spots.

With the ubiquity of vending machines comes the many production lines for bottled beverages.

Every once in a while, you get an errant bottle that decides to “sleep” on the line and the job of the “drill sergeant” is to promptly wake that very bottle up.


The term sakura (サクラ or 偽客) here refers to a person who is a decoy, and not the famous cherry blossoms (桜).

With the relevant social skills or dressing, one can sign up as a part-time wedding ‘guest’ or even as the officiating pastor!

These part-timers are sometimes given a nicer title called “hospitality supporters” and are usually used in small weddings.

Sakura are not restricted to just weddings, they also appear in official meetings and are sometimes employed to make pachinko parlours look crowded!


In light of the declining number of practitioners of ninjutsu, adverts are coming up in all sorts of places seeking ninja masters who are willing to groom the next generation of ninjas…

Well, not really, these ‘ninjas’ are usually hired for entertainment purposes in theme parks.

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