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  • How to expand a business in Japan?

    Hi everyone,
    As many people did before me, I was an english teacher in Tokyo back in 2003. After my visa expired (1 year working holiday visa) I came back in Canada, did a Bachelor's degree in translation and opened a translation agency. Now I'm well established in my hometown but I miss my japanese life and my friends in Tokyo. I also want my son to learn japanese, so that's why I'm thinking about getting a business "pied a terre" in Tokyo or near (Chiba, Yokohama or Saitama?).

    I'm wondering if I should go for an office for my translation agency or a small shop to sell maple products as one of my family members has a sugar shack and is wishing to sell abroad. It may be more fun to run a small shop in an eclectic area of Tokyo than a translation office.

    The thing is, I dont know were to start looking at for information about opening a business in Japan. Do I need a working visa? Does it takes long to get all the papers done? How much I might have to pay for renting a business place, etc.

    I'm going back in Tokyo this summer for the wedding of a friend so I wanted to get this chance to make this project happened in a near futur.

    Thank you for your help!

  • #2
    I have the perfect pied a terre in Saitama for you . It's a stand alone two rooms two story One room above One room with garden/space for a keitruck for shipping your maple jars or do they come in tins/cans .

    In other words it's a stand alone garage with storage space above and a piece of ground alongside where you could park a kei-truck.

    I will be dropping a septic tank in the garden/parking space and will install a WC and shower , Gas & electricity are installed . So all you get is an upstairs and a downstairs for 35,000 per month.

    Now that's your office or your shop sorted .

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    • #3
      where's that located AW?

      any zoning or noise ordinance stuff to be worried about? (is it in a residential zone??)

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      • #4
        The location is Washinomiya Saitama ,

        http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php...u-sacred-place

        Just to give you an idea for business in this slow town I have popped in the above URL .

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        • #5
          Opening a branch:
          http://business-japan.jp/opening_branch/
          http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/setting_up/flowchart/

          Getting a visa:
          http://business-japan.jp/visa/
          http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/set...on2/page4.html
          http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/v...cess/long.html

          Are you married to a Japanese citizen? If not your only choice visa-wise is the Investor/Business Manager Visa.
          If you do all the paperwork yourself, the cost to register a company is about 100,000 yen. The application fees to get the visa are low, but the biggest hurdle for most is you need to show the stability of the company, which you usually do by showing that you have at least 5 million yen invested in it. A good business plan also generally required.

          The maple products idea sounds interesting. Perhaps you can do a combination of the two--maple sales as your main job and translation when things are slow.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ZxentPro View Post
            Opening a branch:
            http://business-japan.jp/opening_branch/
            http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/setting_up/flowchart/

            Getting a visa:
            http://business-japan.jp/visa/
            http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/set...on2/page4.html
            http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/v...cess/long.html

            Are you married to a Japanese citizen? If not your only choice visa-wise is the Investor/Business Manager Visa.
            If you do all the paperwork yourself, the cost to register a company is about 100,000 yen. The application fees to get the visa are low, but the biggest hurdle for most is you need to show the stability of the company, which you usually do by showing that you have at least 5 million yen invested in it. A good business plan also generally required.

            The maple products idea sounds interesting. Perhaps you can do a combination of the two--maple sales as your main job and translation when things are slow.
            A trifle simplified...

            Don't forget the 2 employee requirement, residents of Japan, not relatives, plus salary equivalent.
            You'll require Labour Insurance and Social insurance for them.
            You also need to demonstrate experience running a similar business, or business education.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by trip_hop View Post
              A trifle simplified...

              Don't forget the 2 employee requirement, residents of Japan, not relatives, plus salary equivalent.
              You'll require Labour Insurance and Social insurance for them.
              You also need to demonstrate experience running a similar business, or business education.
              You're right, it's not not totally easy, but the process is pretty straightforward. For this reason a lot of people just hire lawyers to take care of the paperwork.

              Having 2 employees is not a requirement, rather a possible alternative to having 5 million yen in capital. The thinking behind this is that 2 full-time employees making about 250,000 yen a month would cost the company over 5 million yen, thus satisfying the requirement showing that the company has stability and continuity.

              The law says the employees can't have a salary less than a Japanese person would normally have for the same position. If you think about it, this reason makes a lot of sense because it guards against companies bringing in cheap labor from overseas that would drive down wages (ex: why hire a local programmer when you can bring in a skilled one from India is willing to work for only 40,000 yen a month). By the way, some sm office websites will say that the employees need to be Japanese, but this is not the case.

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