Company Setup

Do you need to establish a presence, but are unsure about the process to incorporate? We can handle the entire process for you, from company name checking, articles of incorporation filing, representation and ongoing corporate obligations as per Japanese Commercial law.

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Expert corporate guidance

Are you considering setting up an office in Japan and establishing a corporate entity? How a company sets up operations depends upon the nature and size of the business, as well as legal, tax and other considerations. Many options exist, ranging from a simple representative or branch office, or a fully fledged Japanese company. We can handle the entire process for you from company name checking, articles of incorporation filing, representation and ongoing corporate obligations as per Japanese Commercial law. Below are some of the alternatives you need to consider just for your company presence:


ESTABLISHING A JAPANESE CORPORATION
The following types of company formations available

Kabushiki Kaisha (K.K.)

A Kabushiki Kaisha is run by shareholders with limited liability and by directors who are appointed by shareholders. This is the prevailing form of incorporation in Japan, used by most major companies.

Godo Kaisha

A Godo Kaisha works in a similar way to what is known as LLC (limited liability company) in Western countries and has one or more partners with limited liability.

Goshi Kaisha

A Goshi Kaisha has at least one partner with unlimited liabilitiy and other partner(s) with limited liability.

Gomei Kaisha

A Gomei Kaisha consists of partners with unlimited liability.

REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE
A Representative Office need not to be registered at the legal affairs bureau nor be subjected to corporate tax under Japanese tax laws, except banking or security business. A representative office is not allowed to engage in any commercial transactions, and is used for marketing purposes.

BRANCH OFFICE
A Branch Office is subject to taxation for any income from sources within Japan in the same manner as with any local Japanese corporation. In general, transfer of operational funds between the branch and its head office can be made without restrictions, and is not subject to withholding tax.