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.

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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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