Business in Japan

Information for foreign entrepreneurs in Japan

For those starting and/or running a business in Japan we have a variety of articles with information regarding procedures how to start business in Japan, counseling offices, subsidies, and what you need in order to register a corporation in Japan. Moreover, you will find links to English websites that help foreign entrepreneurs who are starting a business in Japan, information on real estate investment, what a one-stop business center is, how to get a startup visa or a business management visa and more.

How to Find English-Speaking Jobs for Foreigners in Japan

In recent years, Japan has been steadily progressing toward a more international labor force due to population decline, so there’s a growing range of jobs for foreigners if you know where to look. Read on to find out how you can search for employment in Japan that’s worthy of your resume. If you wo…

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Business Japanese - Telephone Phrases

Working in a Japanese company can be a great way for a foreigner to improve Japanese language skills. Because answering incoming phone calls may be one of the most basic office tasks, it is important to learn a set of "Japanese expressions" for effective communication and to avoid causing discomfo…

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Japanese Verbal & Nonverbal Communication for Business

When it comes to business, Japan has a vastly different way of communicating compared to many Western countries; and those who fail to account for that difference often find themselves lost in the discussion or even accidentally insulting those they are speaking with. To help you navigate the dif…

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Polite and Useful Japanese Business Phrases

Working in a Japanese company requires not only knowledge of Japanese business culture but also the use of a polite form of Japanese that is not commonly used in daily life. Though some phrases and words do carry over into everyday normal conversation, some words have a strictly business feel abou…

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How to Start a Business in Japan

For those who already have an established company abroad and would like to expand their business to Japan, there are 3 types of operations you can choose from to incorporate your business. You can either establish a Representative Office, a Branch Office, or a Subsidiary Company. In Japan, a Repre…

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Japan Business Card Etiquette – Everything an Expat Should Know

The ritual of exchanging meishi, which is Japanese for ‘business card,’ is a much higher valued practice in Japan than in the West. This guide will serve to help foreigners who are new to doing business in Japan avoid costly mistakes. Business card etiquette is one of if not the most important are…

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Corporate Tokyo Law Firms: English-Speaking Attorneys

Access to timely and competent legal representation is crucial wherever you in the world you happen to reside. However, in countries like Japan, differing legal systems coupled with huge cultural and linguistic barriers, may hinder your ability to get the best possible legal help. Here at PLAZA HOM…

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Japanese Office Documents

If you have ever worked in a Japanese company, you may have had the experience of being overwhelmed by any in-house documents that you have had to submit on different occasions. These documents include claiming expenses, notifying the office when you are going directly home after meeting with a cl…

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All About Japanese Hanko/Inkan

This article will explain the meaning of "hanko," how to buy and use one. If you are a foreigner who is planning to live in Japan for a while, you will probably have to set up a bank account as well as apply for a phone and public utilities. When signing an application form, you may notice that th…

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A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Business Etiquette

Traditionally, Japanese culture has very strict rules of etiquette appropriate for every situation, from interactions between neighbors, customers and staff in a store, politicians, and every other social situation under the sun. Nowhere are these rules and customs more keenly felt by expatriates th…

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