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How to Set Up Business in Japan Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence
2.9 Family members accompanying working foreign nationals

Spouses and children dependent on working foreign nationals are granted a "Dependent" status of residence and are permitted to engage in the day-to-day activities of a dependent spouse or child of a working foreign national residing in Japan. Activities such as attendance at school fall within the scope of activities of a "Dependent", but work for compensation is in principle prohibited; part-time work (in principle no more than 28 hours per week) is possible if permission to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted is received.

Applications for Certificates of Eligibility and subsequent visa for "Dependents" may be submitted at the same time as those applications for the working foreign national, but applications for "Dependents" may also be submitted after the working foreign national has first received status of residence to work in Japan.

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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