How to Set up Business in Japan Series

Steps of Setting Up Business

Flowchart

This flowchart shows necessary steps for foreign companies to set up business in Japan.In the section of “Setting up a business”, the following steps are shown to complete before starting business operations: 1) Research, 2) Company registration, 3) Tax notices, and 4) Opening a bank account.In the section of “Obtaining visas”, the following steps are shown to take for obtaining visas before starting business operations: 1) Appointing a representative in Japan, 2) Company registration, and 3) Certificate of eligibility/Visa application.In the section of “Setting up an office”, the following steps are shown to take for setting up an office before starting business operations: 1) Temporary office rental, 2) Setting up a permanent office, and 3) Company registration.In the section of “Personnel-related matters”, the following steps are shown to take for personnel-related matters before starting business operations: 1) Hiring staff, 2) Company registration, and 3) Social insurance notices.In the section of “Setting up a place of residence”, the following steps are shown to take for setting up a place of residence before starting business operations; 1) Staying at hotels and others, and 2) Setting up a permanent housing.Setting up a company or local branchObtaining visasSetting up an officePersonnel-related affairsSetting up a place to live

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Laws and Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan

JETRO provides basic information about the laws and various procedures related to setting up a business in Japan (incorporating business/visas and status of residence/taxes in Japan/human resource management/trademark and design protection systems).
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Laws & Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan
(as of November 2021)

Based on legal revision during the 2021 fiscal year, all of the items of Section1 - 4 have been updated.


Section1: Incorporating Your Business

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

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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.

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Section3: Taxes in Japan

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Section4: Human Resource Management

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Documents required to submit to authorities

JETRO provides list of documents required to submit to authorities related to setting up a business in Japan (incorporating business/visas and status of residence/taxes in Japan/human resource).


Writer :

SECTION 1.

SAKIKO AKIYAMA, Judicial Scrivener, INTRIM Scrivener Office

SECTION 2.

TETSUYA IIDA,Administrative Scrivener, In Control Legal Support Services

SECTION 3.

NAOKO SATO, Tax accountant, Sato & Akasaki Accounting Office

SECTION 4.

SATOSHI NAGAURA, Labor and Social Security Attorney, Nagaura Personnel Management Office

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Invest Japan Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Laws and Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan Pamphlet

JETRO provides a pamphlet (PDF) outlining basic information about the laws and various procedures related to setting up a business in Japan. For foreign companies and foreign-affiliated companies, please contact us from "Request Form".

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