So, you think you have a great business idea and need to set up your own business in Japan. Setting up a company for the first time may seem like a complicated thing to do, but Japan has a relatively simple process for company registration.
To start a small business, you can establish a sole proprietorship, but if you want to share ownership of a business, either with other partners or investors, you need to register a company.
To work in Japan, a foreigner who is not a permanent resident must first obtain a job offer from a guarantor in Japan and then apply for a work visa at the immigration office, if already in Japan, or at an embassy or consulate, if abroad.
Working visas are valid for one to five years and may be used to find work at any employer within the range of activities specified on the visa, including employers other than the guarantor.
In Japan, April is the beginning of the school year and the start of the year for many businesses. During this month, a large influx of foreigners arrives in Japan just in time for the cherry blossom season.
If you are one of these newcomers, you will likely have a lot of new experiences, which holds true for both the advantages and disadvantages of your new life here. It is possible that even long-term residents face issues with their families, employment, finances, or visa status.
This article is aimed at individuals already living in Japan, who want to establish their own business in the country.
Nevertheless, there are basic information and links to different sources within the article to help those who are planning to move to Japan and start their own independent business as well.
If you're considering establishing a company, you probably have something you want to sell; whether it’s a product or simply your time in the form of services. However, that doesn't mean you need to establish a company.