This page guides you through six major steps for starting up your company’s business in Japan:
- Assessing Your Market Opportunities in Japan
- Planning on Japan Branch and its Location
- Hiring or Assigning a Branch Manager
- Renting an Office and Opening up a Bank Account
- Registering Branch and Obtaining Permissions and/or Licenses
- Staring out Business and Operations
Assessing Your Market Opportunities in Japan
This is an initial step to look into Japan and its market in light of business of your company. And then your company has to come a business plan and calculate return on investment (ROI) from entering into Japan market.
This process varies depending on which industry your company belongs to and what are goals to be achieved for your company. Nobody has a correct answer if your company should enter into Japanese market or not. Your company itself has to decide through market research and intelligence.
In this page, some of useful links are provided, which point to statistical information of markets in Japan.
Planning on Japan Branch and its Location
As in this page, there are mainly three entity modes in how your company branch office in Japan is legally classified:
- Representative Office (RO)
- Branch Office (BO)
- Subsidiary Company (SC)
Typically most of companies start from its representative office (RO) and them move on to setting up its branch office (BO) or subsidiary company (SC) in Japan.
Once your company decides its starting mode, then the next step is to plan on which area and city of Japan your company will set up its first branch.
Planning on the mode and the area of the first branch is very important and requires research and decision making. More details can be found in this page.
Hiring or Assigning a Branch Manager
Renting an Office and Opening up a Bank Account
Registering Branch and Obtaining Permissions and/or Licenses
Starting out Business and Operations