The legal hurdles for foreign companies to enter the Japanese market are not particularly high.
You can also position it as a base for the Asian region, so please consider expanding your business to Japan.
Options for forms of entry into Japan
There are three possible ways to establish a base in Japan. Here are the basic characteristics of each.
From a tax perspective, it is not possible to say which form is more profitable, and this is a case by case basis. Please consult with a specialist.
Basic rules regarding the name (trade name) of a company or branch
Trade names can also be registered in Roman characters (Article 50, Paragraph 1 of the Commercial Registration Regulations). In other words, there is no need to force the use of Japanese characters (kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc.), and the familiar sound of the trade name used in the home country can be used.
In addition, it is not allowed to register a company with the same trade name as another company's trade name already registered and with the same place of business (head office in the case of a company) (Article 27 of the Commercial Registration Law).
This means that you can use the same trade name as an existing company as long as the location of the business office is different, so there is no need to worry about this issue in Japan. because there may be other companies with the same trade name in the same building.
Capital when establishing a Japanese subsidiary.
In Japan, a company can be established with as little as one yen in capital.
However, if your business requires permits or licenses, if you need to obtain a management visa, or if you need to obtain a loan from a financial institution, you may be required to have a reasonable amount of capital depending on your individual circumstances, so you need to confirm this in advance.
The contents of business and authorization.
Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to obtain permits or licenses from government authorities, so this is an important point to check in advance. Permits and licenses are classified into the following five types.
By Maki Shimoji
Associate Legal Consultant (JAPAN DESK)
Company : HNR LEGAL ( Advocates & Legal Consultants)
Regarding the handling of registration applications when all the representative directors of Uchikoku Co., Ltd. do not have an address in Japan (Notice) (Notice of Minsho No. 29, March 16, 2015) (Japanese)
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