Investing in Japan
How to Set Up Business in Japan Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence
2.5 Temporary visitor visa and status
Temporary visitor status covers tourism, recuperation, sports, visits to relatives, field trips, participation in short courses or meetings, business liaison and similar activities undertaken staying temporarily in Japan. Holders of temporary visitor status may not engage in working activities. Some concrete examples of the type of person involved in business who would be covered by this status are as follows:
- Persons staying in Japan for the purpose of field trips and inspections (e.g. plant tours and trade fair visits)
- Persons participating in seminars and briefings organized by companies
- Persons participating in conferences and other meetings
- Persons sent to Japan for business liaison, business negotiations, contract signing, after-sales service, advertising or publicity, market research or other short-term business activities
Market research and other activities in preparation for investing in and commencing a business in Japan are normally considered to fall under temporary visitor status.The periods of stay of temporary visitor status are 90 days, 30 days, and 15 days.
Section2: Table of Contents
- 2.1 Entry procedures
- 2.2 Relation between visa and status of residence
- 2.3 Process from acquisition of Certificate of Eligibility to acquisition of visa
- 2.4 Types of working statuses
- 2.5 Temporary visitor visa and status
- 2.6 Reciprocal visa exemptions for temporary visitor
- 2.7 Resident card and residency management system
- 2.8 Re-entry permission
- 2.9 Family members accompanying working foreign nationals
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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