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Government Support

The Japanese government sets up INVEST JAPAN offices in relevant ministries and agencies to serve as single contact points for foreign business people seeking information or help in setting up business in Japan. The offices are also located in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), its regional bureaus and in the Department of Economy, Trade and Industry within the Okinawa General Bureau.

To promote FDI in Japan, the Japanese government established "Invest Japan Business Support Centers (IBSCs)" within JETRO to serve as one-stop centers for support and information on investment. The IBSCs provide various information on investment procedures to foreign businesses setting up an operation in Japan.

In addition, relevant ministries and agencies operate single contact points called "Invest Japan OfficesExternal site: a new window will open", which can assist you in or direct you to the division (within a given ministry/agency) in charge of a particular procedure.

Through the Invest Japan Offices, you can:

  • Request information on investment opportunities in Japan.
  • Learn about procedures for obtaining business permits/licenses.
  • Make inquiries on the status of no-action letter system submissions
  • Find information on other matters related to doing business in Japan.

INVEST JAPAN Offices : Contact Information

Please use linked forms below to contact ministries/agencies.
*If you are not sure which ministry or agency to contact, or if you do not receive a response to your inquiry within 10 business days, please contact the Invest Japan Office within the Cabinet Office or JETRO IBSC.

JETRO IBSC
Provides one-stop support and service to foreign firms seeking to set-up or expand business in Japan.
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Cabinet OfficeExternal site: a new window will open
Information on Expert Committee on FDI Promotion, etc. Can redirect inquiries to relevant ministry(s) / agency(s).
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (25KB)
Ministry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsExternal site: a new window will open
National administrative organization; civil servant system; local administration, tax and finance; election system; fire/disaster prevention; information and communications; postal services, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (25KB)
Japan Fair Trade CommissionExternal site: a new window will open
Information concerning the Anti-monopoly Act; Sub-contract Act and Premiums and Representations Act
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of JusticeExternal site: a new window will open
Japanese legal system; entry visa procedures and resident status, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Foreign AffairsExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for promotion of dialogue with foreign countries on economic relationships; can provide visa information, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of FinanceExternal site: a new window will open
Procedures concerning inward FDI under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act; taxation of foreign investments, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for the promotion of education, culture, sports, science and technology.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (72KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareExternal site: a new window will open
Labor and employment; social security; pension; health insurance, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food manufacturing, wholesale and retail, fertilizer and agricultural chemical industries, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for invigoration of corporate activities and regional economies; development/maintenance of favorable external economic relations; securing of stable/efficient supply of mineral resources and energy, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for comprehensive and systematic development/use/maintenance of national land; consistent development of social infrastructure; development of traffic policies, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Ministry of the EnvironmentExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for the planning/promotion of environmental control policies covering waste, pollution and recycling, etc.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)
Financial Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
Responsible for planning and policymaking of financial systems; strict inspection and supervision of private financial institutions and monitoring of securities transactions.
Inquiry form: PDFPDF file (61KB) / MS WordWord file (26KB)

INVEST JAPAN Offices in regional METI bureaus

To further facilitate foreign direct investment in Japan's regions, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry set-up Invest Japan Offices in each of its regional bureausExternal site: a new window will open and in the Okinawa General Bureau of the Department of Economy, Trade and Industry. The offices, which opened in July 2004, provide a wealth of information and support to foreign businesses and investors interested in investing in these regions.

Invest Japan Hotline

JETRO supports foreign companies by arranging meetings with officials of regulatory agencies if needed. Please check the Invest Japan Hotline page for further information.

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