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Business Start-Up Costs in Japan

Updated on Thursday 21st December 2017

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business-start-up-costs-in-japan.JPGJapan represents a major economy worldwide, having the second largest economy by nominal GDP. This is the reason why many entrepreneurs are interested in setting up a company in Japan. In this article, we present you with the average business start-up costs in Japan.

Costs involving registering a company in Japan

Here are the costs related to starting and registering a commercial or industrial company in Japan with between 10 to 50 employees and a start-up capital of 10 times the per-capita gross national income of the local economy:
Searching the company name with the Legal Affairs Bureau: no charge;
Registering at the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice: 0.7% of the capital amount or JPY 60,000 (USD 530), whichever is higher, as well as certain costs for the certificate of corporation seal registration;
Submitting the notification of the firm incorporation and the opening of a payroll office and applying for the blue tax return approval at the District Tax Office: no charge;
Submitting the notification of the beginning of doing business at the tax office of the municipal or prefectural government: no charge;
Submitting all the necessary labor insurance notifications and employment regulations at the Labor Standards Inspection Office: no charge;
Submitting the health insurance and public welfare pension applications with the Japanese Pension Service: no charge;
Submitting the firm application for employment insurance at the Public Employment Security Office: no charge.

Costs involving opening an office in Japan

When you open an office for a new company in Japan, the following other costs are involved:
Rent, for a minimum of three months, for a temporary office;
Monthly rent in one of Tokyo’s five major districts;
Security deposit, for around 10 months of rent;
Real estate brokerage fee;
Other costs: our company formation agents in Japan can provide more details on what these other costs consist of.
For more details concerning the costs of starting a business in Japan, or if you need assistance related to opening a company in this country, we invite you to get in touch with our Japan company formation consultants.


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