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Procedures

There are a wide range of possible strategies for entering the Japanese market. In order to choose the most suitable one for your business, you should be aware of the logistical difficulties involved when targeting Japan. In addition to understanding the unique behaviour of Japanese consumers and businessmen (see our Culture section), you must be prepared for the wide range of potential legal and regulatory issues. Japan is a relatively closed market and you must be well informed if you are to overcome the various challenges of the Japanese market.

In this section you will find information about cross-cutting operational issues that companies may face when starting or developing their activities in Japan.

Economic Partnership Agreement

On 17 July 2018, the European Union and Japan signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the biggest trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU that will create an open trade zone covering over...

Entry Strategy

Business relations in Japan are built over time. Study the different strategies and choose the most suitable one for your activities before you get there. A direct strategy will make you the sole...

Financial Issues

Underestimating the financial aspects of a business venture can be ruinous. It is therefore essential to properly grasp the subject. To help you with your project, financial aid and support is...

Import & Export

Japan is Asia’s high-tech powerhouse and the world’s third largest global economy, with a GDP per person 9 times higher than that of China. The good news for those seeking to do business in or with...

Innovation

In recent years, Japan has established initiatives centred on the advancement of innovation in response to increasing global competition and the growth of emerging countries. Innovation is seen as the...

Investment

The low levels of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Japan reflect the challenges foreign investors have been facing when trying to expand their business and access the world third largest economy...

Know Your Market

Successful business comes with good preparation. Knowing the specifics of the Japanese market is vital for any project to succeed. The unique customs of the country makes it difficult to understand...

Operational Issues

After having successfully entered the market, the next concern for any business is operational and logistical issues. This section will brief you on the various operational issues you will encounter...

Regulatory & Legal Issues

Business relations in Japan are built over time. Study the different strategies and choose the most suitable one for your activities before you get there. A direct strategy will make you the sole...