Company formation in Japan
Japan has a corporate tax rate of 30.86%. Companies that operate under Consumption Tax have to pay tax on purchases at 8%.
Popular company applications
Japanese corporate structures are mostly used for:
- Trading company
- International trading company
- Branch office
Corporate Registration requirements
Requirements for registering a company in Japan include:
- Requires at least 1 director
- Requires at least 1 shareholder
- Minimum share capital 1 JPY
Bank account introduction
Bank account introductions in Japan are offered with:
- Mitsubishi Bank
- Japan Post Bank
- Mizuho Bank
- Sumitomo Bank
- Norinchukin Bank
- Resona Bank
- Shinwa bank
- Chiba Bank
- Bank of Yokohama
- Hokuriku Bank
- Hokkaido Bank
- Higashi-Nippon Bank
- Shizuoka Bank
- Joyo Bank
- Shinsei Bank
Please consider to browse our full bank directory, if a bank is not listed here.
Where do I begin?
In order to commence incorporation and bank account introduction, we will require certain corporate documents and identification information.
Please ask us for details.
Advantages of forming a company in Japan
There are several advantages of forming a company in Japan, according to the World Bank report on
ease of doing business.
Please consider registering a company in Japan, especially, if your country of domicile has certain complications (namely political, regulatory or tax-related).
|Fast and straightforward incorporation procedure||Well-developed infrastructure|
|Low incorporation and maintenance costs||Flexible corporate legislation|
Japan offers attractive benefits for companies and, depending on the industry, favourable legal structures. Please contact us now.
Top-choice legal structures
According to data from the Japanese Medium and Small Businesses Administration, the following business structures (legal entities) are the most frequently registered:
- Public Limited Company
- Private Company Limited By Shares
The company formation procedure
Company formation in Japan involves a number of stages of varying complexity and therefore requires professional assistance. The Confidus Solutions team will prepare legal documents, assist with registration and finalise the incorporation procedure.
Setting up business
Before your documents can be prepared, you must choose a business type and a name for your company. Confidus Solutions can validate all the relevant information and draft the incorporation documents.
Registering a legal entity
In order to register your company, Confidus Solutions will submit all the prepared documents to the Japanese Medium and Small Businesses Administration. This procedure will take approximately two weeks.
Finalisation of company set-up
As Confidus Solutions takes care of all stages of the company registration process, we will assist with finalising the set-up of your company as well. Usually this includes receiving the incorporation documents and any other additional documents that you may require.
Company incorporation documents
When registering a company in Japan, you may require the following:
- Application blank
- Articles of association
- Shareholder list
- Shareholder agreement
Please note that the required documents can vary on a case-by-case basis.
To find out what a basic company incorporation package in Japan will cost you, use the form below. If you require a more complex, tax-optimised structure, we can discuss this via our contact form — please ask us for details.
Summary of incorporation expenses
Additional expenses may arise if you choose a different legal entity or require a bank account, virtual office or perhaps a website.
Additional business support
We offer several additional services for your company. With us, you can purchase a ready-made company in Japan. Enquire now!
Opening a corporate bank account in Japan
Confidus Solutions will act as a banking agent for your corporate bank account in Japan. All you need to do is select a bank:
Virtual office services for companies in Japan
Your company in Japan may not only receive letters, but also phone calls, so instead of renting a registered address with just a post office box, it is much more convenient to rent a virtual office. A virtual office includes a registered company address, a local mailbox, a local phone number and mail and call forwarding.
Accounting services for Japanese companies
In order to operate a business, your company will require a professional accountant to keep records, prepare the payroll, carry out transactions and compile and submit tax reports.
We also offer company registration packages in Japan with accounting services — please ask for more information.
Finally, a website for the Japanese market can be added to your company registration package. Various options are available, from an inexpensive, basic website to a comprehensive e-commerce site with full-fledged SEO optimisation.