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Are you facing issues or having any of these thoughts on your business expansion in Japan?

Can I establish a company in Japan without going there?

Can I get a visa to open a restaurant in Japan?

Should I purchase a real estate in Japan as a foreign corporation or a Japanese corporation?

Can I have an access to loans as a foreigner to open a restaurant in Japan?

Can I have an access to loans as a foreigner to open a restaurant in Japan?

Support service for establishing a company (For foreigner)

The BPS Group, which has provided support services to more than 1,000 companies, will assist you to establish a company in Japan by free of charge.

We offer one stop services from applying a visa, updating taxation business, proceeding social insurance and supporting fundraising. That is why we can make it possible to start your business smoothly.

Each process will be handled by our professional team; BPS’s administrative scrivener corporation team for visa applications, BPS’s tax accountant corporation for taxation business, our labor and social security consultants for social insurance services and a staff who has experiences working at bank for fund-raising support.

We also have Chinese staff who will help you to overcome language barrier.

Keys to establish a company

1)Place of residence for the representative director

The previous requirement that at least one of the representative directors must have a residence in Japan has been abolished, so that a company can be registered in Japan even if all the representative directors’ residence in overseas. (Japanese nationals are also not required).

2)Document proving the transfer of the investment

When applying for the registration of incorporation of a joint stock company, it is necessary to attach a document that proves the transfer of investment contribution has been made. A copy of the these information ; the name of the financial institution, branch name, transfer amount, name of account holder (founder or the representative directors at the time of establishment), are required.

<Special case>

In case if the founder and the representative directors at the time of establishment are not residence in Japan, third person is allowed as account holder. In this case, a document which clarifying that the founder has delegated the authority to receive the investment to a third party must be prepared.


3)About the institution that handles payments

It includes not only Japanese branches of domestic banks but also Japanese branches of foreign banks and overseas branches of domestic banks.


4)About signature certification

The signature certificate required for the application for registration should be prepared by an embassy or notary located in the country where the foreigner resides.


5)Translation of documents prepared in a foreign language

When attaching documents which prepared in a foreign language to apply for commercial registration, a Japanese translation of all the documents must be attached as a general rule.

2)Document proving the transfer of the investment

When applying for the registration of incorporation of a joint stock company, it is necessary to attach a document that proves the transfer of investment contribution has been made. A copy of the these information ; the name of the financial institution, branch name, transfer amount, name of account holder (founder or the representative directors at the time of establishment), are required.

<Special case>

In case if the founder and the representative directors at the time of establishment are not residence in Japan, third person is allowed as account holder. In this case, a document which clarifying that the founder has delegated the authority to receive the investment to a third party must be prepared.


Business Management Visa Application Support Service

For those who are thinking of applying a business management visa after establishing a company

1)What is business management visa?

The "Business Management Visa" is a status of residence for foreign nationals who wish to establish a company in Japan to manage a business, administer a company, or invest in a business to manage it.

When acquire business management visa, there are no restrictions on the nature of your business. As long as your business is legally recognized, you can start any kind of business in Japan.

A business management visa is a very convenient status of residence that allows you to conduct a variety of business activities in your own company without any special restrictions.

Kindly remind you that who are not in charge of the execution of business operations cannot apply for business management visa. They should apply for a Technology, Specialist in Humanities, and International Services Visa.


2)Screening Criteria for Business Management Visa

❶About the office

A place of business to operate the business must exist in Japan. However, if the business has not yet started, the facilities used to run the business must be secured in Japan.

In this case, you must have an office separate from your home, and the use in the lease agreement must be for business purposes.

In addition, it requires office space for the president or director in order to run and manage business when operating a store.

❷About business scale

The scale of the business pertaining to the application must fall under one of the following categories;

(a)The business must be operated by two or more full-time employees (Japanese nationality, permanent residents, spouses, or permanent residents) who reside in Japan besides the president or director.

(b)The total amount of capital or investment must be 5 million yen or more.In this case, the 5 million yen must be funds that can actually be used for the business.

(c)The scale must be considered by following (a)or(b).

❸Qualifications of the applicant

If the applicant intends to manage of a business, the applicant shall have at least three years of experience in the management or administration of a business (including a period of time spending to study majoring in a subject related to management or administration at a graduate school) and shall receive remuneration equivalent to or higher than that a Japanese national would receive.


3)Required documents

❶Application for Certificate of Eligibility: 1 copy

❷One photograph (4cm x 3cm)

❸Presentation and copy of passport and resident card (including alien registration card)

❹Curriculum vitae and materials proving the history

❺Affidavit (or copy of articles of incorporation if registration has not been completed)

❻A copy of the most recent financial statements (balance sheet, profit and loss statement, statement of changes in shareholders' equity, etc.)

❼A copy of the business plan

❽Company brochure, printed copy of website, pamphlet of products and services, etc.

❾A copy of the lease agreement for the office

❿List of full-time officers other than the applicant

⓫Copy of employee's employment contract or offer letter

⓬Copy of employee's resident card or alien registration card

⓭Photographs of the inside and outside of the office

⓮Shareholders List

⓯Documents that clarify the amount of investment in Japan (5 million yen or more) (documents that show the payment flow)

⓰Statement of reasons for the invitation

⓱Other documents required depending on the individual's situation

2)Screening Criteria for Business Management Visa

❶About the office

A place of business to operate the business must exist in Japan. However, if the business has not yet started, the facilities used to run the business must be secured in Japan.

In this case, you must have an office separate from your home, and the use in the lease agreement must be for business purposes.

In addition, it requires office space for the president or director in order to run and manage business when operating a store.

❷About business scale

The scale of the business pertaining to the application must fall under one of the following categories;

(a)The business must be operated by two or more full-time employees (Japanese nationality, permanent residents, spouses, or permanent residents) who reside in Japan besides the president or director.

(b)The total amount of capital or investment must be 5 million yen or more.In this case, the 5 million yen must be funds that can actually be used for the business.

(c)The scale must be considered by following (a)or(b).

❸Qualifications of the applicant

If the applicant intends to manage of a business, the applicant shall have at least three years of experience in the management or administration of a business (including a period of time spending to study majoring in a subject related to management or administration at a graduate school) and shall receive remuneration equivalent to or higher than that a Japanese national would receive.


About fees

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a foreigner establish a company in Japan?

🅰 Yes, of course it is possible to establish a company in Japan. Basically, if a foreigner does not have the status of "Spouse or Child of Japanese National" or "Permanent Resident", he or she must have the status of "Business Manager" to establish a company in Japan. If you are registered as an alien, you can obtain a certificate of seal registration on the same day. It is common to apply for "management/administration" or other status of residence after the registration of the company's establishment.

Can a foreigner be a shareholder (promoter) of a Japanese company?
🅰 Yes, of course. Please feel free to apply. There is no regulations that restricts foreigners to become a promoter.

What documents are required for a foreigner to become a promoter of a Japanese company?

🅰 In the case of a signature in person or self-recognition in person, the following documents are required as proof of identities for foreign nationals to establish a Japanese company.
Can a foreigner be a shareholder (promoter) of a Japanese corporation?
🅰 Yes, of course. Please feel free to apply. There is no regulations that restricts foreigners to become a promoter.

[1] If the foreigner in question is registered on the alien registration card, he/she can register his/her seal, so the seal registration certificate.


[2] In addition, an alien registration certificate, a driver's license, a passport, or a certificate of signature by a consular officer of the country in question can also be used as proof. Certificates with a photograph issued by a public institution, such as a driver's license or passport, will be treated as identification documents for foreign nationals, even if they are issued by a foreign institution, as long as it can be confirmed that they were issued by a public institution.
Can a single foreign director establish a joint stock company in Japan?
🅰 Yes, it is possible to establish a company in Japan with single director. In the case of a single director, that director will be the representative director. In the past, one of the directors had to be a resident of Japan to serve as the representative director, but the law has been amended to relax this requirement. However, there are still some conditions for establishing a company under the new system, and in some cases, a Japanese resident may be required to open a bank account.
Do foreigners always need a visa to establish a company in Japan?
🅰 No, a visa is not always required. There are cases where a foreigner usually works remotely from overseas and comes to Japan only a few times a year using a tourist visa. However, if you will be working in Japan for a long period of time, you will need to apply for a visa.
Can I establish a company in Japan even if I am not a Japanese national?
🅰 There is no problem if you can obtain a certificate of seal registration from your local municipal office in Japan. If your place of residence is a foreign country, you are considered a non-resident. In the past, one resident was required, but the law has been amended to relax the requirements for foreign residents to establish a company.

Is it possible to establish a Japanese branch with only non-residents in Japan?

🅰 In the case of a Japanese branch, a representative in Japan is selected instead of a representative director in a joint stock company. While the representative director can be a non-resident only, the representative must be a resident of Japan.

As I am a foreigner, how much capital do I need to establish a company in Japan?

🅰 Under the Companies Act of Japan, the amount of capital can be set arbitrarily at one yen or more than that. However, there are not many people who set the capital at one yen.The reason for this is that the amount of capital is publicly announced through registration, and a capital of one yen may cause unnecessary anxiety among business partners, who may think that the company has no money. In reality, it is difficult for a company with a capital of one yen to obtain a start-up loan from a bank.

In addition, many foreigners register their companies with a minimum of 5 million yen in capital in order to meet the formal requirements for a business management visa when applying for a business management visa.

Incidentally, if the capital is 10 million yen or more from the time of establishment, the company will become liable for consumption tax from the first term, so many companies choose to set the capital at less than 10 million yen.
When should I pay the capital when I establish a company in Japan?
🅰 In Japan, the capital must be paid in after the notary has certified the articles of incorporation. As a rule, money transferred before the notary has certified the articles of incorporation is not considered capital.


In order to facilitate the process of establish, we ask you  to send us a copy of your bankbook confirming the transfer of capital in advance.

Why do I need to transfer the capital to individual account when I establish a company in Japan?
🅰 In Japan, money equivalent to capital is required to be transferred in order for the Legal Affairs Bureau to verify the amount. However, in Japan it is impossible to open a corporate account before the company is established. Therefore, the capital must be transferred to the personal account of the promoter or representative director who intends to establish the company.
If I help a foreigner to establish a company in Japan and receive a capital deposit into my account, will I have to pay income tax on the amount transferred?
🅰 Since the funds were transferred as capital, no income tax will be charged.
I heard that a bank account is required when establishing a company, but is it possible to open a personal bank account for a non-resident in Japan?
🅰 Unfortunately, it is still difficult to do so in Japan. However, it may be possible to open a bank account in some circumstances, so please consult with us. In some cases, the name of the representative director of a Japanese resident may be required.

Is it possible to register a Japanese company with a private residence as the location of the head office?

🅰 There is no problem in using a private residence as the location of the head office when establishing a Japanese company. However, if it is an apartment or condominium, it is prohibited in principle if the lease agreement states that it is for residential use only or that it may not be used for business purposes. However, if you are applying for a visa or conducting a business that requires a permit, you may not be able to use your private residence as the location.
When registering a company in Japan, do I need to include the name of the building in the address of the head office of the company?
🅰 You do not need to include the name of the building. If your company's head office is located in a building, it does not matter whether you include the building name or not. For example, if you are expanding your business and may expand the number of floors in the building in the future, it is better not to include the building name when registering your company.
Can the name of the company to be established in Japan be the same or similar as other company?
🅰 It is allowed. However, it is not possible to establish two companies with the same name at the same address.
Is it possible to register the name of a company in Roman characters in Japan?
🅰 It is possible. Other characters such as numbers can also be used for the company name of a Japanese corporation.
Do I need to make a seal for my company when I establish a company in Japan?
🅰 A seal is always required when establishing a company in Japan. More than 99% of people who establish a company in Japan will have a special seal (mainly a set of 3) made. The "representative seal" is registered with the Legal Affairs Bureau as the company's official seal.
Is it better to establish a Japanese corporation or a Japanese branch?
Specifically, how much difference will be there in the tax simulation?
🅰 In the case of a Japanese branch, there will be disadvantages in the following two tax calculations.

❶Per capita corporate inhabitant tax


If the capital of the headquarters in the home country is large, the corporate inhabitant tax of the Japan branch will be higher than that of a Japanese corporation established with a small amount of capital.

・In the case of a Japanese corporation with a capital of 5 million yen, the capita corporate inhabitant tax is 70,000 yen.


・In the case of a Japanese branch with a capital of 2.5 billion yen, the capita corporate inhabitant tax is 950,000 yen.

❷Size-based Business Tax

If the capital of the headquarters in the home country exceeds 100 million yen, Size-based Business Tax will be imposed.


・In the case of a Japanese branch with a capital of 2.5 billion yen, the amount of Size-based Business Tax on capital is approximately 5 million yen.




In the case of a Japanese corporation, the tax on a deficit is only 70,000 yen, whereas in the case of a Japanese branch, the tax on a deficit is approximately 6 million yen.

When establishing a company in Japan, which is better, a joint stock company (KK) or a limited liability company (GK/LLC)?
🅰 In the case of a limited liability company, the shareholders are the directors. In addition, a limited liability company does not need to hold a shareholders' meeting. Therefore, a limited liability company is suitable for small companies that are not well governed. If you want to expand and develop your business, it is appropriate to establish a joint stock company. Since a limited liability company does not need to certificate of its articles of incorporation, it has the advantage of a shorter establishment period and lower cost than a joint stock company.
How many business objectives are appropriate when setting up a company in Japan?
🅰 You can have as many business objectives as you want. However, if you have too many, it will be difficult to know what your main business is, so we recommend that you limit the number of business objectives to about 10.

How long does it take to establish a company in Japan?

🅰 It takes about 2-4 weeks after all the necessary information for company establishment is confirmed. After that, it takes about 1 week to obtain a company's affidavit (Certificate of All Historical Matters).  If you want to establish a company as soon as possible, please contact us.
What should I be aware of establishing a company in Japan as a foreigner?
🅰 If you are a foreigner with a status of residence that restricts your activities, such as "humanities/international services," "intra-company transfer," "technology," "technical skills," or "family stay," you will need to change your status of residence to "business administration" when you establish a company in Japan and become its manager. Please note that establishing a company in Japan is not a requirement for obtaining a business management visa. Foreigners who wish to establish a company in Japan and do business there need to take visa procedures into consideration.
I would like to establish a company in Japan. Is it available to change my current working visa to a business management visa?
🅰 In order for a foreigner to apply for a business management visa, the business must be in operation. Therefore, it is necessary to first establish a company in Japan and complete various notifications, hire employees, and select business partners. After that, you will be able to apply for a visa change. Since you will have to do all on your current working visa until you change your visa, you should adjust your situation and change your visa to a business management visa as soon as possible.

It takes about 1-2 months from the establishment of a company in Japan to the start of business.If you have any problems in obtaining a business management visa, please feel free to contact us.
I am the representative of a Japanese branch of a foreign corporation. What are the visa options available to me?
🅰 If you are the representative director of a Japanese branch and your family does not reside in Japan, the most common visa options are a business administration visa and an intra-company transfer visa.
Do I need to have a university degree to apply for a visa?
🅰 Education is one of the requirements for visa application, but it can be compensated by work experience.
How long does it take to get a business management visa?
🅰 On average, it takes about 3-4 months for the Immigration Bureau to approve or deny a visa application. However, it may take up to 6 months for the Immigration Bureau to make the decision.

Can I use my home or virtual office as an office when applying for a business management visa?

🅰 A Therefore, foreign nationals who have permanent resident status or whose spouse is Japanese may use their home or virtual office as the address of their company.

On the other hand, foreigners who are required to obtain a business management visa cannot use their home as their corporate address unless they meet a number of conditions. Also, virtual offices are not recognized as corporate addresses.
I am planning to open a bank account in the name of my company after its establishment in Japan. Is it possible to operate the Internet banking system of the bank account from overseas?
🅰 In principle, we do not recommend this. Internet banking at Japanese banks is generally designed to be used in Japanese and should therefore be operated in Japan.

What are the steps I need to take after establishing a company in Japan?

🅰 After establishing a company in Japan, you will need to do below.

・Tax notifications to Revenue Department
・Notifications to bureau of taxation of prefectures

・Notifications to municipal office
・Initial social insurance to social insurance office
・Initial labor insurance to labor standards inspection office
・Initial employment insurance to a public employment security office


We can take care all of these above.
Can you provide support for our company in Japan to withdraw from Japan?
🅰 We can do it. The Japanese corporation and branch will need to apply for registration/notification of dissolution and liquidation. In the case of a joint stock company or limited liability company, there is also the option of selling the company.
Can you provide services in foreign languages?
🅰 We can provide support in English and Chinese. We also have Chinese staff, so we can provide support at the native language level.
Can a foreigner be a shareholder (promoter) of a Japanese corporation?
🅰 Yes, of course. Please feel free to apply. There is no regulations that restricts foreigners to become a promoter.
Can a foreigner be a shareholder (promoter) of a Japanese company?
🅰 Yes, of course. Please feel free to apply. There is no regulations that restricts foreigners to become a promoter.
Step❶
Contact

Please apply or contact us through the inquiry form or via phone (toll free number 0120-973-980).

Step❷
Meeting

Via Zoom/Skype/Email, we will ask you about the image and business concept of the company you want to be set up. Depending on the type of company to be set up, we will suggest what procedures need to be taken.

Step❸
Preparation and Certification of Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation will be prepared and certified by a notary public in accordance with the contents confirmed in the meeting.

Step❹
Application for registration

Submit the articles of incorporation and other necessary documents to the local Legal Affairs Bureau.

Step❺
Establishment of the company

After confirmation at the Legal Affairs Bureau, you can obtain a certified copy of the company affidavit (Certificate of All Historical Matters) in a few days.

Step❻
Notification of various matters

Notifications will be made to the Revenue Department, Metropolitan Revenue Department, Municipal Office, Social Insurance Office, and other necessary branch of government.

Step❷
Meeting

Via Zoom/Skype/Email, we will ask you about the image and business concept of the company you want to be set up. Depending on the type of company to be set up, we will suggest what procedures need to be taken.

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About Us

Our Group Companies BPS Certified Public Tax Accountant Corporation (Official Site) / BPS Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist Corporation (Official Site) / Business Problem Solving Co., Ltd. / Kurachi Social Insurance Labor and Social Security Attorney Office
Representative
Hideaki Suzuki(鈴木秀明)
Certified Public Tax Accountant / Tokyo Certified Public Tax Accountants Association / NO92176
Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist / Gyoseishoshi Lawyers of Tokyo / NO09080807
Real Estate Transaction Specialist

Masamitsu Matasaka(又坂雅光)
Certified Public Tax Accountant / Hokkaido Certified Public Tax Accountants Association / NO120459

Yosuke Mizuguchi(水口陽介)
Certified Public Tax Accountant / Tokyo Certified Public Tax Accountants Association / NO125959Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist / Gyoseishoshi Lawyers of Tokyo / NO14081570

Chie Sekiguchi(関口千恵)
Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist / Gyoseishoshi Lawyers of Tokyo / NO17080781
Real Estate Transaction Specialist
Tokyo Office

〒104-0061
Iwafuji Building 6th Floor, 4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Toll free number 0120-973-980
TEL:03-6264-3477/FAX:03-6264-3478

Sapporo Office

〒060-0041
3-4-1 Odorihigashi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Toll free number 0120-200-280
TEL:011-205-0441/FAX:011-205-0442

Tokyo Office

〒104-0061
Iwafuji Building 6th Floor, 4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Toll free number 0120-973-980
TEL:03-6264-3477/FAX:03-6264-3478