How To Earn Passive Income In Japan

As seen with our growing economy, investing is an excellent way to earn passive income. Investing not only keeps your money working for you, but also gives you financial security as it grows over time.

Yeah, you've probably heard of the usual suspect:stocks, real estate, savings accounts, and NISAs (Japan's version of a Roth IRA) the list goes on...

But what happens if you want to actually spend the money that you make?

Those investment vehicles I mentioned aren't great for that.

In fact, you're probably better off investing the capital that would normally go to 'traditional' investment vehicles and instead find a side hustle that's perfectly suited to people living in Japan.

This article will talk about some simple ways to start investing and what kinds of investments are appropriate for beginners. We will also discuss how to keep investing even when money is limited.

Start an online business (the BEST way to make money passively!)

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OK, we're biased, but starting your own website is THE BEST to passively make money online.

The best part? It doesn't even require any work on your end.

Or at least, it doesn't have to if you don't want to. Instead, a monthly investment as little as $25/mo can help you start a blog that makes money through ads, products, affiliate links, and so much more.

In fact, this blog post that you're reading right now makes us a few thousands dollars each month.

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If you want to try and make money the hard way, here are some additional methods to making passive income in Japan. Note that, at some point, you'll probably need to make a business website to do these things correctly anyway. So our recommendation is to start your site with first, and then trying out these other tactics along the way as your traffic grows.

Become a freelance writer

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Freelance writing is one of the most popular ways to make passive income. There are now lots of companies that offer you their services to create, edit, and publish content for them.

The things about freelancing as a business model is that there are never really “over” (or no) money times. You will always have something to do, and your earnings can fluctuate from day to day, week to week, and month to month.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing though. Since you are not working under someone else, this gives you more control over your time and your career path.

There are many sites where people advertise their service as a writer or editor. You should look into these opportunities before jumping into it as a way to earn extra money.

Make sure to do your research and check out whether or not the company has its own editorial staff to proofread and review your work. This helps mitigate any potential poor quality writers they may hire onto their team.

Create a YouTube channel

A very popular way to earn passive income in Japan is creating a YouTube channel! This is possible anywhere with an internet connection and of course, access to your computer or device.

There are many ways to make money online in Japan through the use of YouTubers and their channels. Starting up as a beginner you can choose to be either creative or explanatory depending on your skills and what content you want to create.

As you grow as a YouTuber people will watch you and give you tips so it is worth investing into those software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office so that you have some basic tools to start with.

The more advanced ones will invest in special equipment or training courses to improve their videos (for example, if they’re filming themselves). There are plenty of opportunities for freelance work too once you get the hang of it.

What about copyright?

Copyright laws in Japan don’t apply to audio and video content. What this means is that you are not obligated to credit musicians and writers for their works when posting them on YouTube.

This isn’t always easy to avoid though as companies and individuals often require you to acknowledge their contribution before using their material.

Start a business

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Being able to earn your living through your own efforts is one of the most important milestones in life. If you’re looking to achieve this milestone, then you have to understand that it takes time! It may also be difficult at first, but if you keep working at it, eventually you will succeed.

There are many ways to make money without being too complicated or expensive, which can sometimes get in the way of achieving that goal. Many people begin their journey to financial success by doing something they love to do, and then monetizing that passion.

This article will talk about some easy ways to start earning passive income in Japan. All of these ideas can easily be done from anywhere with an internet connection, and almost no cost except for buying necessary equipment.

Many of these ideas don’t require too much investment upfront either, making it more accessible than other opportunities. This article will discuss five different ways to earn passive income in Japan starting with the easiest.

Learn to read Japanese tattoos

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A growing trend in the Japanese tattoo culture is reading tattoos. Rather than having elaborate designs that look cool, some artists instead use symbolic or literary style writing as their design element.

These “reading” tattoos are usually short phrases or statements that relate to the person who got the tattoo and/or to the individual themselves. For example, someone might get a tattoo of a flower with an encouraging message about being happy and life passing you by quickly.

There’s also several examples of people getting sleeve tattoos of books they love so that when they touch them, it encourages others to read and learn something new.

By investing in a good dictionary (the definition part, not the word search feature!), you can begin reading your next tattoo! And while there is no formal education certificate for reading tattoos, anyone can do it, even if you aren’t professionally trained.

You don’t need special training to understand what most tattoos mean, but knowing some basic vocabulary helps make it more fun. So why not pick up a book and see what happens?

Reading tattoos isn’t just limited to people, either. Companies and organizations often have creative logos that contain little messages. Some are very obvious, like Apple with its circle and stick shape, whereas other companies keep things much more cryptic, such as Amazon with only its rounded rectangle.

Start a tutoring business

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One of the easiest ways to earn passive income is through teaching or learning. With educational settings such as universities, colleges, and professional development courses at large companies, there’s always going to be someone looking for help mastering their field.

If you are highly skilled in an area, why not offer your services as a tutor? By offering one-on-one lessons, you can make good money while educating others about your special skill set.

There are many ways to start up as a teacher including via websites that connect teachers with students, via social media sites like Instagram where people are already sharing information and knowledge, and in person events where educators share their expertise.

You could also run your own private lesson here and there if you have space in your schedule and enough motivation to teach.

Teach English

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Being able to speak Japanese is a valuable skill that can get you very rich if you are willing to teach it to others. There are many ways to make money speaking English, including teaching online courses, giving private lessons, blogging about language learning strategies, and creating your own course or product to sell.

There are also several companies that hire native speakers to do business with foreigners in Japan, so working for one of these businesses could be a way to earn some extra cash.

“The best way to learn how to speak foreign languages is by talking French, Spanish, Italian, or whatever language people actually use,” says Amanda Gill, who has lived in Japan since 2014. “By practicing that, you will eventually pick up other European languages as well.”

Gill recommends looking into the various opportunities available through Language Exchange Forums, YouTube, and Facebook to see what types of jobs there are and which ones might fit your schedule.

Start a language exchange site

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A language exchange website is an excellent way to make extra money by sharing your knowledge of a language with other people. There are many sites that offer this service, but some require you to pay a monthly fee to use their resources so it is important to find one that is free or has limited fees for uses of its services.

There are two main types of languages that can be exchanged through such websites- spoken languages like English and Japanese, and non-spoken languages like French and Chinese. By offering these different languages, more people will have access to your skills and they will be able to chat about what languages they know!

By creating an account on a language exchange website, you can start exchanging languages and earning passive income at any time. It is best to create an account before going abroad as traveling is expensive! Some give you credit towards paying to study overseas so it is worth looking into first.

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Tiara Ogabang
Tiara Joan Ogabang is a talented content writer and marketing expert, currently working for the innovative company With a passion for writing and a keen eye for detail, Tiara has quickly become an integral part of the team, helping to drive engagement and build brand awareness through her creative and engaging content.
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