Investment

About Starting a Business in Japan

There are many reasons for wishing to establish or expand your business in Japan.

Report: Foreign Direct Investment Incentives

About the Report

In this report, you will find information about the different forms of incentives and subsidies that are in place to attract foreign investors wishing to establish a new business or invest in Japan. After presenting the current political and economic situation in Japan, this report describes the various types of incentives offered by the government and by the prefectural and municipal authorities, who can benefit from these, and how to take advantage of them.

About Foreign Direct Investment

Japan is currently in an exciting phase of transformation. The current Japanese government has announced a series of structural reforms and economic liberalisation measurements aimed at - among other things- encouraging foreign direct investment into Japan.

Tags : Investment, FDI

Background

There are numerous reasons for wishing to do business with or in Japan: According to data from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), 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. Second, Japan plays an important role as a “bridge nation” between the East and the West, connecting Asian enterprises and markets with the West.

19-08-14 | 10:30 h - 11:30 h Brussels time

Webinar 20: Foreign Direct Investment in Japan (Cancelled)

We regret to announce that this webinar has been cancelled until further notice. We will do our best to ensure that this webinar will be offered again as part of our webinar series in the near future. Thank you for your understanding.

Economic Overview

Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world. With GDP 1.5 the size of the UK and per capita GDP 6 times that of China, Japan remains the high-tech powerhouse economy of Asia. With the second highest spending worldwide on R&D, a hunger for IP and new trends, and an increasingly globalised outlook, Japanese companies remain amongst the most valuable and technologically advanced in the world. Japan’s major growth driver is exports despite external demand accounting for 16% of its total GDP.

Company Incorporation Process

If you wish to incorporate a company or an office in Japan, there are certain steps that must be taken. This section details the requirements and actions required in order to successfully complete the Company Incorporation process in Japan.

Joint Ventures

Joint ventures are another way for foreign companies or individuals to expand their business operations in Japan and enter the Japanese market.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Japan is comparatively low by international standards. In 2012, its contribution to Japan’s GDP was less than 1%.

Investment

Japan offers many lucrative business opportunities for potential European investors thanks in part to its large and wealthy consumer market, its position as the world’s third largest economy and its strong innovation capacity.

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