Doing business in: Japan
Produced in partnership with Masako Banno of Okuno & Partners
Doing business in: Japan

The following Commercial guidance note Produced in partnership with Masako Banno of Okuno & Partners provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Doing business in: Japan
  • Introduction
  • The business environment
  • Forming a company
  • Financing a company
  • Opening a bank account
  • Opening a branch office
  • Utilising office space
  • Immigration controls
  • Key employment laws
  • more

Updated in April 2019

Introduction

The business environment

Forming a company

Financing a company

Opening a branch office

Opening a bank account

Utilising office space

Immigration controls

Key employment laws

Key factors of contract

Taxation overview

Regulatory compliance

Protecting intangible assets

Useful links

Introduction

Japan has the third largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, and is one of the favoured locations for global businesses to set up their first base in Asia and/or Research and Development centre in the light of increasing importance of the Asian market and the high level technologies of Japanese companies.

Japan plays an important role in Asia as a major business centre in the region, a gateway to other Asian countries and a trend setter. Global businesses, manufacturers in particular, benefit from Japanese companies, not only large sized companies but also small and medium sized companies, with the ability to provide high-quality products and components.

Japan provides a highly-developed legal system including the fair and functioning court procedures and stable democratic political climate.

Japan is also recognised as one of the safest countries in the world, and provides advanced infrastructure and high-quality medical services.

There are a variety of ways of structuring a business operation in Japan. The aim of this guide is to highlight some of the key areas that a new business should consider before it begins to operate in Japan. This guide should not be considered to