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 [email protected] 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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