National Government Support

The Japanese government sets up INVEST JAPAN offices in relevant ministries and agencies to serve as single contact points for foreign business people seeking information or help in setting up business in Japan. The offices are also located in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), its regional bureaus and in the Department of Economy, Trade and Industry within the Okinawa General Bureau.

To promote FDI in Japan, the Japanese government established "Invest Japan Business Support Centers (IBSCs)" within JETRO to serve as one-stop centers for support and information on investment. The IBSCs provide various information on investment procedures to foreign businesses setting up an operation in Japan.

In addition, relevant ministries and agencies operate single contact points called "Invest Japan Offices"External site: a new window will open, which can assist you in or direct you to the division (within a given ministry/agency) in charge of a particular procedure.

Through the Invest Japan Offices, you can:

  • Request information on investment opportunities in Japan.
  • Learn about procedures for obtaining business permits/licenses.
  • Make inquiries on the status of no-action letter system submissions
  • Find information on other matters related to doing business in Japan.

INVEST JAPAN Offices : Contact Information

Please use linked forms below to contact ministries/agencies.

  1. If you are not sure which ministry or agency to contact, or if you do not receive a response to your inquiry within 10 business days, please contact the Invest Japan Office within the Cabinet Office or JETRO IBSC.

Offices Details Inquiry form

JETRO IBSC

Provides one-stop support and service to foreign firms seeking to set-up or expand business in Japan. Inquiry formExternal site: a new window will open
Cabinet OfficeExternal site: a new window will open Information on Expert Committee on FDI Promotion, etc. Can redirect inquiries to relevant ministry(s) / agency(s). Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsExternal site: a new window will open National administrative organization; civil servant system; local administration, tax and finance; election system; fire/disaster prevention; information and communications; postal services, etc. Inquiry form:
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Japan Fair Trade CommissionExternal site: a new window will open Information concerning the Anti-monopoly Act; Sub-contract Act and Premiums and Representations Act Inquiry form:
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Ministry of JusticeExternal site: a new window will open Japanese legal system; entry visa procedures and resident status, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Foreign AffairsExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for promotion of dialogue with foreign countries on economic relationships; can provide visa information, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of FinanceExternal site: a new window will open Procedures concerning inward FDI under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act; taxation of foreign investments, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for the promotion of education, culture, sports, science and technology. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareExternal site: a new window will open Labor and employment; social security; pension; health insurance, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food manufacturing, wholesale and retail, fertilizer and agricultural chemical industries, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for invigoration of corporate activities and regional economies; development/maintenance of favorable external economic relations; securing of stable/efficient supply of mineral resources and energy, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for comprehensive and systematic development/use/maintenance of national land; consistent development of social infrastructure; development of traffic policies, etc. Inquiry form:
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Ministry of the EnvironmentExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for the planning/promotion of environmental control policies covering waste, pollution and recycling, etc. Inquiry form:
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Financial Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open Responsible for planning and policymaking of financial systems; strict inspection and supervision of private financial institutions and monitoring of securities transactions. Inquiry form:
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INVEST JAPAN Offices in regional METI bureaus

To further facilitate foreign direct investment in Japan's regions, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry set-up Invest Japan Offices in each of its regional bureausExternal site: a new window will open will open and in the Okinawa General Bureau of the Department of Economy, Trade and Industry. The offices, which opened in July 2004, provide a wealth of information and support to foreign businesses and investors interested in investing in these regions.

Tax matters

National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
E-taxExternal site: a new window will open(Japanese only)


Trade and standard matters


Invest Japan Hotline

JETRO supports foreign companies by arranging meetings with officials of regulatory agencies if needed. Please check the Invest Japan Hotline page for further information.

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