How to Set Up Business in Japan Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence
2.12 Promoting acceptance of foreign entrepreneurs

Promoting to increase foreign entrepreneurs in the National Strategic Special Zones

Some municipalities have been promoting expatriate entrepreneurship by taking advantage of the special provisions of the Immigration Control Act for the National Strategic Special Zones.

If foreign nationals wish to start a business in Japan, they have to obtain a status of residence for a "Business manager". For the acquisition of this status of residence, according to current rules, they are required to invest at least 5 million yen or employ at least 2 full-time staff members as well as to open a business place for the business. However, in promoting expatriate entrepreneurship, foreign nationals intending to start a business in following autonomous bodies listed below may be given the status of residence for a "Business manager" for 6 months without meeting the above-mentioned requirements for the status, provided that they submit the required documents including their business plan to the such autonomous bodies and that the autonomous bodies approve such business plan. This will allow the foreign entrepreneurs to make preparations for the establishment of their business, including satisfying the above-mentioned requirements, while staying in Japan.

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Section2: Contents & Reference

Section2: Table of Contents


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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