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How to Set Up Business in Japan

Provides an overview of the laws, regulations and procedures related to setting up a business in Japan, as well as an easy-to-follow Flowchart outlining the basic steps and a Model Case showing approximate start-up costs.

Laws & Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan

Laws & Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan Latest Update (Revise Point)

  • 2018.7.31
    Based on legal revision of the 2018 fiscal year, all of the items of Section1 - 5 are Update.
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Section1: Incorporating Your Business

Definitions and comparisons of various business operations; procedures and guidelines for establishing/registering each of these distinct operations in Japan.

Section2: Visas and Status of Residence

Entry procedures into Japan, conditions and provisions that apply to various types of visas and working/residence statuses; the alien registration process; details concerning family members accompanying foreign nationals.

Section3: Taxes in Japan *As of June 2018

Aspects of Japan's tax systems most relevant to a foreign corporation/individual investing in Japan (emphasis on corporate tax structures, tax treaties as well as personal and consumption taxes).

Section4: Human Resource Management

Japan's labor laws and regulations; topics include; recruitment; employment contracts; wages, working hours; work rules; workplace safety and hygiene requirements; resignation and dismissal procedures and Japan's social security, health and pension systems.

Section5: Trademark and Design Protection Systems

Japan's trademark and design protection systems; registration validities, periods of protection as well as trademark and design registration procedures.

Writer :
SECTION 1. Sakiko AKIYAMA, Judicial Scrivener, Blakemore & Mitsuki
SECTION 2. Tetsuya Iida, Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist, In Control Legal Support Services
SECTION 3. Naoko Sato, Tax accountant, Sato & Akasaki Accounting Office
SECTION 4. Satoshi NAGAURA, Social Insurance and Labor Consultant, Nagaura Personnel Management Office
SECTION 5. Tetsuo TACHIBANA, Patent Attorney, Tachibana International Patent Office
Editor / Publisher :
Invest Japan Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Looks at the approximate costs of establishing two types of business in Japan, including everything from obtaining visas to real estate broker fees.

Simple outline of the basic steps involved in setting up a business.

Most frequently asked questions about setting up business in Japan.