Procedures of Starting Business

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Main Process of Setting up Your Base in Japan

Here we will outline the basic flow of events for foreigners to setup a subsidiary or branch office in Japan.

Enter Japan on a Short-Term Stay Visa


Apply to the Legal Affairs Bureau for registration to establish a new company or branch office.


Open the company’s bank account(s)


Apply to Immigration for a Certificate of Eligibility


Temporarily return to home country


Apply for and receive work visa from Japanese embassy or consulate in home country


Enter country on work visa


Start business


Send notifications to Tax Department, Social Insurance Office, etc.

Outline of Forms of Business Expanding to Japan

Overall there are two different forms of foreign companies that expand into Japan:

  1. A subsidiary
  2. A branch office

If you are establishing a subsidiary, there are two kinds of companies that can limit investor liability:

  • Corporation (kabushigaisha, sometimes called a “KK”)
  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)

The following chart outlines the main characteristics of each form:

  Corporation LLC Branch
Equity least 1 yen at least 1 yen none
# of investors at least 1 at least 1
investors’ liability limited to the amount invested limited to the amount invested
legal person status yes yes none
trusted by society yes less than a corporation
taxation corporate profits taxed LLC profits taxed generally only profits generated in Japan are taxed
cost to establish standard less than a corporation less than an LLC
flexibility of rules standard more flexible than a corporation

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