Setting up an office in Japan


How do you set up an office in Japan?


Setting up a company and registering an office in Japan is a relatively easy process and can be done within a few weeks. There are four types of offices that you can set up: a representative office, a branch office, a subsidiary and a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). You can find out more information about these types of offices here

There are two main types of companies that you can establish in Japan, a Kabushiki Gaisha and Godo Gaisha. You can read on the difference between these two entities here

For help setting up operations in Japan, contact Business Link Japan – who offers an innovative incubation hub for UK companies in the heart of Tokyo, with a range of business support services. Email or visit the web site at

This question was asked as part of our webinar on the opportunities and challenges of exporting to Japan. You can watch a recording here:

The answer was given by the speaker from that webinar – Export to Japan.

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