Warning: I am not a lawyer, nor do I hold any valid legal training. The information here is based on my own personal research and experience with dealing with visa applications at work as part of management. Do your own research, and speak to a real lawyer before making any moves. You are warned.
Unfortunately, I would be surprised if you would meet with flexibility on the 10 years of experience. In fact, even with 10 years of experience, they could refuse you on the basis that your experience is not considered sufficiently relevant, or that the material you have provided is insufficient. Remember, 10 years is a minimum.
Certifications have no real value in Japan, so that wouldn’t count for much (see exceptions below).
I used to have a translated copy of the immigration law on my desk, which I cannot find right now. But let me give you what were the requirements at the time. You needed to meet one of the following:
- Undergraduate studies pertaining to your field (in a university recognised in your country)
- 10 years of experience relevant
- Get a certification relevant to your work with either the JITEC or any ITEE affiliated organisation (http://www.ipa.go.jp/english/humandev/mutualrecognition.html)
Now, if you are thinking the third one is the way to go, think again. You will either need to become REALLY good in Japanese (and I mean, highly specialised Japanese language even your teacher is not likely to be able to help you with) or need to go to another country that holds an ITEE exam with JITEC equivalency. Not a walk in the park.
Now there are other potential options, but at this point I would strongly suggest to find legal counsel in Japan. It will cost you (100,000 JPY+), but if there is any chances you could somehow fit, that will be your option.
But all of this will only make sense if you have a company interested in hiring you.
Companies won’t be interested into hiring you if they cannot likely expect your visa application to go through (the company will need to sponsor your application). That is why I strongly suggest you come in person and develop some contacts in Japan. Get people to know you, and get to know people. That will create opportunities, and who knows, you might get lucky and find a place which will be ready to sponsor you and help you with the immigration process overall. If you are under thirty and your country of origin has a bilateral agreement pertaining to working holiday visa, I would use that to get started.
If you are not ready to give that a shot, then I’d say wait two years - that would be the safest thing to do. In your situation, there will be no easy way, no magic bullet. It will be either investing and taking some chances (come here and see), or wait.
All the best of luck, hope you may find an agreeable outcome.
Warning: I am not a lawyer, nor do I hold any valid legal training. The information here is based on my own personal research and experience with dealing with visa applications at work as part of management. Do your own research, and speak to a real lawyer before making any moves. You are warned. Again.