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"Must currently reside in Japan" vs "Visa sponsorship available"?

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fchar
12/8/2018 18:23 EST

Hello,
My name is Farid, I am living in Chile (therefore I'm a native Spanish speaker, but also fluent in English), I am willing to relocate abroad as soon as possible (hopefully in Japan), but I would like to know some information on this particular situation:
I know that in order to get a job in Japan, I must get the COE document and apply for the work visa, sponsored by a Japanese company. However, many of them (at least when I search in GaijinPot) specifies this requirement: "Must currently reside in Japan", but, in the same job posting, it says "Visa sponsorship available".
I understand that many jobs are oriented to people already living in Japan, and not all are available from overseas. Thus, when I see "must currently reside in Japan" I assume that the applicant must be in Japan under a lawful status, living there; but when I see "Visa sponsorship available" I assume that this benefit is exactly what an overseas applicant (i.e. someone not living in Japan) is looking for, so I don't know if I'm missing something here.

I ask this because in some forums I have read that some people choose to visit Japan with a tourist visa, and during this visit, they apply for jobs. It seems that they are doing this because:
- As far as I know (from some expat blog posts) the Japanese companies are used to interview applicants in person rather than use virtual methods (e.g. Skype), so being physically in Japan can increase chances to be hired.
- Technically you are 'residing' in Japan during your application, even if you need a visa sponsorship if hired** (though it's not illegal, this practice may be frowned upon from the Japanese immigration bureau, I guess).

**This sentence can solve my doubt? When a Japanese company says that they are willing to sponsor your work visa and they ask you to reside in Japan, that means that you can apply just if you are physically in Japan (even with a tourist visa at this moment)?

I have a scheduled trip to Japan, so it would be great to know if is actually possible to apply for a job during my stay in Japan (if it's legal). I have found a few job opportunities (in GaijinPot and other places) but probably my options would increase if at some point I can consider these including the "must currently reside in Japan" requirement.

Thanks in advance for any feedback on this!

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