Category Archives: Information

Incentive Update: Sakai City, Osaka

Sakai City in Osaka prefecture has offered this year subsidy support for businesses that open in certain areas in the city.  These subsidies are available for Japanese and foreign businesses alike who establish a business or office the area.  They … Continue reading

Types of Companies in Japan

What are the different forms of companies in Japan? The Japanese word for company is kaisha 会社 (often gaisha when part of a compound word). There are four kinds of companies in Japan: corporations (kabushiki-gaisha 株式会社), LLCs (goudou-gaisha 合同会社), general … Continue reading

Japan firms set record in foreign M&A

The Asahi Shimbun reports that Japanese companies merged or acquired a record number of foreign companies in 2011 so far. Most of these transactions involved Chinese companies, and South Korean and Thai companies were also high in number. The value … Continue reading

Setting up an office in Osaka

Setting up an office before officially opening your business is an important step that many entrepreneurs choose to do. While waiting for the proper business licenses, visa documents, and company registration documents to be processed, you need a physically address … Continue reading

50 free Japanese lessons in 17 languages

Whether you’re going to be in Japan for the long term or even just a few days business trip, it’s a good idea to at least remember some vocabulary. If you’re an English speaker you have an advantage in that … Continue reading

Certificate of Registered Matters explained

In a previous post we briefly introduced what a Certificate of Company Register (登記簿謄本) is and it’s importance for companies in Japan. With it, a company can legally enter into contracts and banks require it for opening bank accounts in … Continue reading

Japan ranked word’s kindest country by Singapore NGO survey

The Singapore Kindness Movement, an NPO officially recognized by the Singapore government, this month announced the results of a survey they conducted ranking what countries and regions are the kindest. Japan received an overwhelming number of votes for kindest country … Continue reading

Japanese quake opens the door to private partnerships

Fresh opportunities for Australian builders, project managers and financiers may emerge in Japan with the cash-strapped government successfully changing contracting laws to allow a big expansion of public-private partnerships. The Australian version of The Wall Street Journal had an interesting … Continue reading

How to Create Your Own Japanese Postage Stamp

Although email and other communication through the internet has made mailing physical letters less common, there are still times when it is unavoidable or just better suited for the situation. To offset the drastic decrease in revenue, many governments are … Continue reading

Update on Tax Reform Bill

Z’xent Pro has been watching the discussions in the National Diet closely, especially those concerning the new tax reform bill that was proposed last yet. The bill was scheduled to take effect in April of this year for the fiscal … Continue reading