Set Up a Business
How to Register a Business in Japan
One of the most important decisions a foreign company can make when entering Japan is choosing the right business model. Each business model carries its own legal, tax, and representation demands, all of which can impact a company’s long term market success. For companies in the early stages of expanding to Japan, below is an overview of the incorporation process.
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Section 1: Incorporation in Japan
This section highlights the various business models companies can choose from and the application steps needed to register the company with the Japanese government.
Section 2: Types of Visas
This section covers the various entry procedures required to work and live in Japan. This section also outlines the types of work visas available to foreign staff and the family of foreign nationals.
Section: Corporate Taxes in Japan
This section discusses Japan's tax system for foreign businesses. Subjects include corporate tax structures, tax treaties, and personal taxes.
Section 4: Labor & Employment Law in Japan
This section covers Japan's labor laws and regulations. Topics include recruitment, employment contracts, wages, working hours, work rules, workplace safety, hygiene requirements, resignation and dismissal procedures, and Japan's social security, health, and pension systems.
Section 5: Trademark Registration in Japan
This section outlines Japan's trademark and design protection systems, registration vehicles, periods of protection, and trademark and design registration procedures.
Schedule a Free Business Consultation to Learn More
For questions about the incorporation process, schedule a free business consultation with the nearest JETRO office. Consultations are available in person or by phone.