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Getting Started with your Japanese Business

There are 3 general ways for foreign nationals to start a company in Japan
①Japanese Corporation (Stock company or Goudou company)
②Japan Branch Office
③Representative Office

A Japanese Corporation or “Nihon Houjin” is a corporate entity that is headquartered in Japan and runs its business activities in Japan (although it may have related overseas firms).  It is the most common corporate structure in Japan and is the most flexible in terms of business activity.

 There are two types of corporations, the most common one being a stock company (Kabushiki Kaisha) or a goudou kaisha (GK) which is similiar to an US LLC.  A Japanese Branch office is an office of a firm which is headquartered overseas and operates continues sales activity for the purpose of the mother firm.  A Representative office established to simply support a future business, and acts as a base for market
research, advertising, and preparation for the future business.  No transactions are allowed for representative offices.

The first step to get started is to decide which of these options is the most suitable for your business purpose in Japan.    During the initial free consultation, we can help you decide the best option and support you througout the complete proccess.   

 Flow: Standard  Incorporation Procedures for Stock Companies

【1】Preparation of Company Structure
After deciding the purpose and activity of your business, you can decide the trade name, location, capital, shareholder and company directors can be decided.   In the case of corporations, a company director must be a resident of Japan.If you want to start a company smoothly and minimal time, it is important to have a director who is a resident of Japan.    If you do not have a resident director, you can also become your own companys resident director by applying for a business investor visa.

【2】Creation of Articles of Corporation and Certification
With the decisions you made in part one 1, we will create your articles of incorporation.  We will make recommendations based on your situation, check the availability of your trade name and prepare the required documents to be submitted.  We will translate your documents into Japanese as they are not accepted in English.  After this is completed the articles of incoporation will be notorized
by a notary public. 

【3】Remittance of Paid In Capital
The capital is to remitted to a Japanese bank account.   It is highly recommended to remit into a Japanese major bank (Sumitomo, Mitsubishi UFJ, Resona, Mizuho etc). Online banking or banks that do not issue a passbook are not recommended.   

【4】Creation of Additional Documents 
Proof of remittance, proof of residence (of the resident director) etc and other documents are submitted to the legal offices. 

【5】Registration of Stock Company
After all required documents are submitted. the registration can take place.  Your company will be official.  

There are other procedures you may want to consider after this, such as bank account opening procedures,  mandatory initial tax filing and social insurance procedures for new companies.  If you are interested in our after-incorporation services, please ask about it in our initial free consultation.    

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