Category Archives: Information

Osaka Business Seminar on 6/13

On Monday, June 13th the city of Osaka with cooperation from IBPC, O-BIC, and JETRO, will host a seminar titled “Why Osaka? Osaka’s Role Right Now”. The three hour seminar will highlight Osaka’s role in helping to rebuild after the … Continue reading

The National Tax Agency Announces e-Tax Usage Results for the 2010 Tax Year

Recently Japan’s National Tax Agency announced the 2010 usage rates for the electronic tax filing system e-Tax. e-Tax went live in 2004 and has become a very popular way for business and individuals to file taxes. A little over half … Continue reading

Tax Treaties to Avoid Double Taxation Approved

A new tax treaty between Japan & Netherlands and a revision between Japan & Switzerland’s tax agreement received approval from the National Diet on the 15th of last month. Both agreements work to avoid double taxation and will help spur … Continue reading

China’s plan will increase tourism in Japan

According to a recent report by Nikkei Newspaper, the Chinese government is preparing to remove the current ban on travel companies from servicing Chinese travelers. Until now non-Chinese travel companies, such Japanese giant JTB, were allowed to operate in China, … Continue reading

New Site Opens for Bio & Medical Device Information

The Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry recently opened a new portal site that will disseminate the latest information about bio and medical device research and development going on in the Kansai area of Japan. The site is regularly … Continue reading

METI approves 10 billion yen for foreign companies

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recently approved five foreign companies to receive subsidies from the government as part of their “New Growth Strategy Program”.  Among the companies is, an American IT company.  Subsidies range from 10s … Continue reading

Department store competition heats up

On May 4 JR Osaka Isetan Mitsukoshi opened its doors for business. It is the first Isetan department store in Osaka, and its opening means the department store wars have begun. With summer approaching shoppers will flock to these large … Continue reading

Status update on 2011 Japanese Tax Reform Bill

Consideration for the 2011 Tax Reform Bill has currently been put on hold in the Lower House for the time being. The bill would lower the effective tax rate for corporations, and among the changes, reduce the limit on carry-over … Continue reading

Current tourism situation in Japan

Currently because of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan, tourism from overseas visitors has been decreasing. However, looking at 2010, data released by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) shows that foreign tourism increased 27% compared … Continue reading

FAQ update: What are the advantages of opening a subsidy? What are the advantages of opening a branch?

Today updated our FAQ with a new question: Q20. What are the advantages of opening a subsidy? What are the advantages of opening a branch? A20. When expanding your business to Japan, you must decide whether you will create a … Continue reading