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About Starting a Business in Japan

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Background

There are numerous reasons for wishing to do business with or in Japan: according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan is a growing economy, a sophisticated market and an innovative hub. Japan has enormous potential to become a regional centre for R&D in Asia, and enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence in R&D among Western and Asian businesses. Japan also plays an important role as a “bridge nation” between the East and the West, connecting Asian enterprises and markets with the West.

Economic Overview

Third largest economy in the world, Japan had a GDP worth 5082 billion US dollars in 2019, a value that represented 4.22% of the world economy. The country is also a high-tech powerhouse economy in Asia: in fiscal year 2018, the expenditures on research and development (R&D) in Japan reached approximately 19.5 trillion Japanese yen, equating 3.6% of the country's GDP. Exports are an important growth driver of Japan, the external demand accounting for 18.5% of its total GDP in 2018.

Foreign Direct Investment

In 2013, Japanese government announced a series of structural reforms and economic liberalisation measurements aimed at - among other things - encouraging foreign direct investment into Japan.

Incentives & Subsidies

From generous tax breaks to the potential for an accelerated immigration process, Japan offers many subsidies and incentives to attract foreign investment.

Joint Ventures

The joint venture is one of the most implemented approaches in trying to enter a foreign market, the Japanese one included. Joint ventures are recognized by the Japanese law as subsidiary companies, which can either be a limited or an unlimited partnership.

Mergers & Acquisitions

The Japanese M&A business represents a sector whose importance has been growing in the last few years: already in 2016, the total volume amounted to US$ 198 billion.

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Webinar 132: How to open a representative office in Japan
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