Starting a company in Japan implies several steps. Among these, the preparation of the company’s incorporation documents and their filing with the Trade Register will guarantee the registration of the business and the first step towards having an operational enterprise.
Then, the company registration procedure implies obtaining certain licenses and permits with the Japanese authorities. Businesses in Japan are many times required to obtain permits and licenses if they want to activate in certain sectors.
The first and most important permit to start a business in Japan as a foreigner is the residence and work permit. This will allow a foreign investor the right to live in Japan for a determined period of time, as well as the right to do business here.
It is also helpful to know that a work or residence permit grants a foreign investor the right to become a director in the Japanese company.
Foreign investors will be required to submit proof of their Japanese residency when starting the company registration procedure with the Trade Register. Our local consultants can provide the necessary support in applying for a business visa in Japan. After this step, we can also proceed with the incorporation of the business.
The business license is the first permit issued to a company which was taken into the evidence of the Companies Registrar in Japan. This license is issued upon the completion of the incorporation of the business with the Trade Register, with the tax authorities and the social security authorities.
For certain companies, the business license is the only permit required to start operating on the Japanese market.
The Japanese authorities are very strict when imposing the regulations related to doing business here, one of the most important rules being related to applying for specific permits and licenses for various types of activities, among them trading.
It should be noted that these specific licenses must be obtained separately from the business permit and will imply registration with certain authorities.
Among the special licenses and permits which can be obtained for a company in Japan we mention the following types of export permits:
When it comes to exporting second-hand products, a Japanese company must obtain a second-hand dealer license with the local police station in the city the company operates in.
Companies dealing with the import of various products must register with the Customs Authorities in Japan and obtain the necessary notifications depending on the types of goods they bring into the country.
Japan is one of the most visited countries in the world, which is why opening a travel agency here is a very good business idea. It must be noted that a travel agency license is required when setting up a travel agency in Japan.
Before applying for such a license, the applicant must undergo a course which certifies his or her abilities of a travel supervisor. After the certification is obtained, the license will be requested with the tourist office in the municipality’s office.
Our company formation specialists in Japan can help foreign investors who want to open travel agencies in this country.
Our local consultants can help foreign investors who relocate to Japan with the purpose of starting a business. It should be noted that applying for the special licenses required to operate will imply a different procedure which will be completed after the company is registered with the Companies Register.
The procedure for obtaining special licenses and permits in Japan will also imply preparing a new set of documents and a waiting period which depends on the type of licenses applied for.
In order to avoid making mistakes when preparing the documents or to ensure no document or application form is missing, our Japanese advisors are ready to offer specialized consultancy services.
If you need guidance in registering a company and applying for specific licenses in Japan, please note that you can rely on. We remind foreign investors that we offer full support in company registration matters in Japan.