Whenever I read about foreigners working in Japan it's about the same couple of jobs 99% of the time: English teacher, サラリーマン, IT jobs or a University related job. Maybe I forgot one or two that don't come to mind right now, but in the end there seem to be not a whole lot of options for foreigners who want to work in Japan if you want to go the 'standard' way (correct me if I'm wrong, but that's the impression I have).
To me, these jobs don't sound appealing and I wouldn't want to do them, neither in Japan nor in my home country.
My desire to work in Japan is actually kind of related to a specific field of jobs I want to work in, which is the fashion industry.
When I first went to Japan last year I didn't even think I'd want to go back to Japan to work there, but things went different from what I expected and a desire to work in the fashion industry in Japan arose after being there for a couple of months. I won't go into details for now, if you're interested feel free to ask.
Basically what I'd like to know is: As a foreigner, how do you get a job in Japan that is not meant to be done by a foreigner?
The basic qualification one should have is obviously the Japanese language. I'm taking N2 this Sunday, which shouldn't be a problem to pass. I also plan on trying N1 in December, although it's still a little bit hard for me. I'd say chances are about 50% I can pass N1 if I keep learning until December. If I don't I'm pretty sure I can pass it next year.
I'm currently still in University, will finish my BA degree next year and I plan on going back to Japan soon after. I also studied abroad in Japan at one of the better Universities, which is a nice thing to have in my curriculum vitae.
The only problem is, other than that I don't really have any qualifications related to the fashion industry (or anything, really) since I'm majoring in Japanese studies.
I haven't really thought it out since I still have about a year left until I go back to Japan, but I think I will start by doing some baito in clothing stores (going to Japan with Working Holiday, so this shouldn't be a huge problem) and try to get a 'real' job from there on.
Note that I don't really care about the salary as much as long it's enough to survive. I would gladly do jobs that aren't even meant for people with a BA Degree but for people with 高卒.
Sorry for the random japanese in between, English is not my first language and it felt easier to just use the Japanese words.
That's about all the relevant information I can think of right now. If there's more you need to know to judge on my chances of finding a job, please tell me.