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Support for foreign-affiliated companies

Providing support at every stage of growth

We provide foreign-affiliated companies in Japan with services to help them further expand their business, including establishing new bases, increasing employment and branching out into any of Japan’s local regions. We are happy to receive any inquiries. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are considering business expansion in Japan.

JETRO assist foreign-affiliated companies already operating in country to broaden their investments. We have more than 40 regional offices throughout Japan and we are ready to support your enterprise in expanding operations or establishing new locations anywhere in the country.

1. JETRO's services

Business information

Provision of market information necessary to expand business throughout Japan’s regions.

Information on incentives

Provision of information on location-specific incentives, including capital expenditure grants, preferential tax treatment, employment-related subsidies and other financial assistance. Arranging meetings with local government officials tasked with facilitating investment.

Consultation with professionals involved in human resources, labor and tax

Offering referrals to professionals with extensive experience in supporting foreign affiliated companies such as judicial scriveners, lawyers, tax accountants and social insurance laborers free of charge.

Assistance with administrative procedures for licencing and approval

Arrangement of meetings with officials of regulatory agencies and prefectural/municipal governments over licensing and legal matters relevant to starting up your business, expansion, employment, obtaining visas and other related matters.

Consultation on regulatory reform

In order to facilitate development of your business, we provide the latest information on regulations made by the central government as well as local governments of each region. We will also relay any requests you might have for regulatory reform to the Japanese government.

Free temporary office space in six cities throughout Japan

Private, secure, and easy-to-use office space, conference facilities and on-site advisors at our business support centers in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, and Fukuoka.

Support for temporary office space in local regions

Besides free temporary office space at our IBSC business support centers, we support temporary office space rental in other municipalities participating our Support Program.

Referral to reputable local service providers and support for recruitment

Introduction to local service providers and bilingual real estate agencies necessary for your business. Introduction to reputable human resource agencies in each local region and support for recruitment.

* Please contact JETRO for more information on our service.

2. Support by experts from various countries and regions

To remove language barriers and propel your business forward as efficiently as possible, JETRO has international staff on hand from China, Taiwan, South Korea, ASEAN and India ready to support your company.

JETRO eases market entry and expansion for non-Japanese companiesExternal site: a new window will open. (ACCJ Journal November 2018)

3.Success stories of businesses supported by JETRO

The following are examples of companies which successfully expanded in Japan with the support of JETRO.

Industry Company Country / Region Destination Update
Other Manufacturing Teradyne K.K. US Kanagawa, Aichi, Kumamoto 2018.08
Other Manufacturing
Beckhoff Automation K.K. Germany Tokyo / Aichi 2018.01
Service / Others Asurion Japan Holdings G.K. US Tokyo 2018.01
Other Manufacturing Genesis Systems Group Japan KK US Aichi 2017.10
ICT Space-Time Engineering Japan, Inc. US Tokyo / Tokushima 2017.08
ICT Rocket Software Japan Ltd. US Kanagawa 2016.10
Automotive Faurecia Japan KK France Kanagawa 2016.05
Biotechnology / Life science Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmétique Japon Co., Ltd. France Tokyo 2016.03
Other Manufacturing DSM Japan Engineering Plastics KK Netherlands Tokyo / Kanagawa 2015.12
Biotechnology / Life science Johnson & Johnson K.K. US Tokyo 2015.11


Media coverage :
The article was originally published in the November 2018 issue of the ACCJ Journal.

Inside know-how : Local initiatives ease barriers for setting up shop in JapanPDFファイル(1.6MB)