Category Archives: Information

Government To Loosen Entry Requirements on Foreign Workers

The government recently formed a plan that will loosen the requirements it has regarding the educational history of students entering the country to work. The plan will give students the status of “Specialist” after graduating from a Japanese technical school, … Continue reading

Raffles Medical to Expand to Osaka

The Nikkei Newspaper reports that Raffles Medical Group will expand to Osaka. The branch will be staffed by English speaking doctors and nurses. Besides foreigners already living in Japan that need medical services in English, RMG plans to cater to … Continue reading

Home Building Boom in Osaka

Right now with the damage in northern Japan and the relocation of many businesses and people, Japan is seeing a huge boom for the construction and building supply industry. Among the main areas contributing to this is Osaka. Besides temporary … Continue reading

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 Salesforce.com, 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