Japanese Detective Work

Japanese Detective Work Japan

The word “detective” is often used in TV dramas and novels, and has the image of a rather cool-looking profession.

The main work of a detective is to receive consultations from individuals and corporations and conduct investigations.

In reality, however, it seems to be a very humble profession with a lot of down-to-earth work.

The main work of a detective is investigative work, and much of this work involves investigating infidelity and affairs, which is done at the request of individuals.

Therefore, they often encounter troublesome situations.

As for requests from corporations, we are sometimes asked to conduct background checks on people we employ or to investigate our business partners.

Although it is physically demanding and nerve-wracking work, such as long hours of tailing and stakeouts, it is a stimulating and fresh experience compared to sitting at a desk and doing the same thing over and over again.

So, what is of interest is the salary for rewarding detective work.

It depends on the detective agency you belong to, but it is said that on average, the monthly income ranges from Y200,000 to Y300,000.

Only a small percentage of people working in this field are lucky enough to have ahighermonthly pay rate.

Those who still continue to work as detectives are probably those who want to continue to feel the satisfaction of experiencing unique things that cannot be experienced by working a regular desk job, the joy of solving clients’ dilemmas and receiving tokens of appreciation in different forms from them.


You will be entrusted with work that requires a great deal of responsibility.

You can see and understand the results of your work.

Feel that your skills are improving.

You can cooperate and rely on your colleagues.

There seem to be many “rewards” that make the detective profession attractive.

The type of work required for a detective agency, and the specific salary.

If you are interested in working for a detective agency, you should know that there are various types of jobs available.

A detective is not only an investigator.

There are also assistant clerical positions, website designers, system administrators, accountants, and so on. Some detective agencies also offer counseling services to clients. Investigators who follow, stake out, and interview people are not the only employees of a detective agency.

If you are interested in working for a detective agency, please try to broaden your horizons to see that there is more than just being an investigator.

It is possible that you may have missed out on some of the openings until now. If there is something you are good at, it will be an advantage.

When we looked into the case of joining a detective agency as a full-time employee, it seems that the monthly salary for any position starts at around 200,000 yen (*this is the average salary we found on a major job site).

If you are experienced, your rate may be higher than an entry-level employee. If you are a beginner in the career, there is a possibility that you will be required to take on a part-time job as an apprenticeship at first.

It also depends on the detective agency, but may be a little more or less depending on overtime and late-night work allowances.

If it is a part-time job, you can often expect to be paid an hourly rate higher than the minimum hourly wage in the area.

In any case, the salary structure, work schedule, and insurance should be thoroughly checked before you join the company.

Detective work and affair investigations

A detective will follow, stake out, and interview the subject to find out where he or she went and with whom, how long he or she stayed there, and when he or she came out.

We will collect photos and videos as evidence. We will stake out the subject for several hours until he/she comes out of the hotel, and as soon as he/she comes out, we will collect evidence by recording the decisive moment in photos and videos.

If there is a need to find out about the other party, we investigate the identity of the cheating partner and collect evidence that identifies the individual, such as name, where he/she lives, and where he/she works.

In some cases, the cheating partner may be sued for compensation in court, and if it is unclear who the cheating partner is, it is not possible to sue.

Detectives conduct investigations by using techniques and know-how to avoid being detected by the subject by following the subject, etc., and carry out investigations according to the contract with the client.

In addition to the techniques of the investigators, they also make full use of the capabilities of their equipment, such as cameras with night vision and telephoto capabilities, and strive to conduct successful investigations by adding their equipment to the techniques of the investigators.

In addition, since affairs investigations are often used as evidence in court, etc., we prepare investigation reports with this in mind.

Depending on the evidence, it may affect the outcome of the client’s trial, and this is where the detective or investigation company shows its greatest strength.

If the investigation report is not well written, the investigation may also be considered to be poorly written. 

Detective’s Work / Searching for a Person

A person search is a search for a person who has run away from home, a former lover, or a mentor who has been a great help to you.

In cases where a family member has run away from home, the police will not take the initiative in conducting an investigation because there is no evidence of a crime, even if the family member has tried to find him or her on his or her own and failed to do so.

In such cases, family members may request a detective to help them find the person they are looking for as quickly as possible.

In addition to the information obtained through diligent footwork, today we also conduct investigations using the Internet to locate runaway family members and people they wish to meet.

Once the target person is found, we conduct identification work based on the photographs provided to us to determine whether or not the person is really the person in question.

In such investigations, interviews are sometimes conducted, but if the person is too close to the target person, too much in-depth interviewing may cause suspicion.

The Detective Agency Law clearly states that detectives are not allowed to accept requests from stalkers or domestic violence perpetrators.

This is also an area where the skill of the detective or investigator is tested, and we will judge the request based on what we discuss during the interview to determine if there is any possibility of illegality.

We will conduct investigations in accordance with the request or contract, as long as there is no possibility of being involved in crimes, illegal investigations, or investigations that promote discrimination, as stipulated by the Detective Agency Law.

Detective Services and Harassment Investigations

There are various cases of harassment, such as spousal harassment, noise pollution from neighbors, sexual harassment, and garbage being scattered in front of one’s house.

When a detective receives a request for proof of such harassment, he or she will conduct stakeouts and tailing to collect evidence.

In the case of harassment by a neighbor, we can identify who is doing the harassing and where, along with photographs and other evidence, and we can also investigate harassment that takes place at night.

Stalking can also be categorized as this type of investigation, and having evidence of the damage makes it easier to consult with the police and for them to act, and we work to clarify the details of the damage for the victim’s peace of mind as soon as possible.

Since the harasser does not want to be found out, he or she may try to harass the victim under the cover of darkness. Detectives and investigators are equipped with equipment that allows them to take pictures in the dark and telephoto lenses that allow them to take clear pictures at a distance.

In order to prove that harassment is taking place under any circumstances, we combine the power of our investigators and equipment to investigate acts that take place at inconspicuous times of the day.

The work of a detective is the accumulation of steady investigations.

However, since these results lead to solutions, it is the detective’s job to conduct investigations in accordance with the request.

What it takes to become a detective?

The job of a detective is to conduct investigations, but a detective’s job is more than just conducting investigations.

In addition to investigating affairs and behavior, a detective’s work includes general clerical work necessary to run an office, advertising and public relations activities, and other work that may not seem to have much to do with detective work, but is a complete change from investigations.

Many detective agencies recruit staff to perform these tasks, and it is common for general office staff to be paid about the same as investigators.

This general office staff includes people such as counselors, and there are also a certain number of jobs available for counselors in detective agencies.

There are different types of work that one can do in a detective agency. If you want to know what kind of work you want to do, or if you want to own your own agency in the future as a detective, you will need to know some of the duties required to run these detective agencies.

The detective school will teach you about the work of a detective agency, mainly about investigations. I think that few detectives teach the contents of general office work, so the only way to really know how a detective agency is run may be to actually work for a detective agency and learn about it.