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How to Set Up Business in Japan Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence
2.10 Extension of period of stay and change of status of residence

2.10.1 Extension of period of stay

The period of stay is decided together with the status of residence when the foreign national lands in Japan or changes his/her status of residence, and the foreign national may only reside in Japan for this stipulated period of stay.
Consequently, a foreign national wishing to continue the same activities in Japan with his/her present status of residence beyond this stipulated period of stay must apply for an extension of this period of stay no later than the last day of that period of stay. Extensions will not be permitted if the purpose of the stay has already been completed or there are other problems connected with the status of residence. If the status of residence is a temporary visitor status, extensions will, in principle, be granted only when there is a truly excusable circumstance from the standpoint of humanity or a comparable special circumstance.
Applications for extensions of periods of stay may be submitted from around three months before the expiration date of the period of stay if the period of stay is at least six months. If a foreign national applies for an extension before his/her period of stay expires and no decision has been made on the application by the expiration date, he/she may, in principle, remain in Japan under the same status of residence until the date on which a decision is made on the application or two months have elapsed from the original expiration date, whichever is the shorter period.

Regarding period of stay, please refer to the following PDF file,
Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice "Immigration control IMMIGRATION 2017"PDF file(External site: a new window will open.)(1.1MB)

2.10.2 Change of status of residence

A foreigner residing in Japan who wishes to cease the activities in which he/she is currently engaged and to engage exclusively in activities belonging to a status of residence other than that which he/she presently holds must apply and receive permission for a change of status of residence. For example, a foreign national dispatched from a parent company in a foreign country to a subsidiary in Japan and currently residing in Japan on an "Intra-company Transferee" status of residence who wishes to resign from the company to which he is dispatched and to invest in and operate his own company needs to apply and receive permission for a change to "Business Manager" status of residence.
However, applications for a change in status of residence are not automatically approved, and permission will not be granted if the new activities do not correspond to the requirements and criteria of the status of residence sought. A foreign national residing in Japan on a temporary visitor status will not be permitted to change his/her status of residence unless the application is made based on special and unavoidable circumstance.
If a foreign national has applied for a change in status of residence and no decision has been made on the application by the expiration date of the period of stay granted in respect of the applicant's status of residence, the applicant may, in principle, remain in Japan under the same status of residence until the date on which a decision is made on the application or two months have elapsed from the original expiration date, whichever is the shorter period.

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Section2. Samples of documents businesses are required to submit to authorities

These materials contain samples of documents regarding registration, visa, taxation, personnel and labor matters that are necessary when a foreign company establishes a corporation or other entity in Japan as well as descriptive examples of how to fill them out. A portion of the English content has been updated through a provisional translation. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. For those who are going through the official procedures, please download the latest official documents from the competent authorities and related bodies or consult a person who specializes in advising on such information and procedures.

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