This article series will provide useful insights into the changing investment and innovation environment, and new business opportunities in Japan.
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 is basically either 90 days, 30 days, or 15 days.
Section2: Contents & Reference
Section2. Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities
Materials listed as ‘Reference’ 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. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. For those who are going through the official procedures, please obtain 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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Laws and Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan Pamphlet
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