VISA

VISA

VISA INFORMATION As part of its ‘Abenomics’ strategy, the Japanese government is planning to allow highly skilled foreigners to stay in the country for up to 8 years. When this takes effect, Japanese companies would be able to apply for permission to invite skilled workers to Japan, particularly if they…

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WHY JAPAN?

WHY JAPAN?

TPP Opportunities for Small and Medium Sized Companies What does TPP mean to entrepreneurs? What does it even stand for? TPP stands for ‘Trans-Pacific-Partnership’, which refers to the alliance of various countries under a treaty—much like the European Union. Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to spot opportunities because of the…

TAX

TAX

CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT You may be able to deduct client entertainment costs from your company’s taxable income if you meet certain criteria. In Japan, it is common to see drunk ‘salarymen’ (business workers) slouched over the restaurant table with their work-tie tied around their forehead. Surprisingly, gatherings like these are actually…

EATING

EATING

Diversity of Japanese food Japanese cuisine has been rapidly gaining popularity around the world over the last several years, particularly since Japan’s traditional cuisine, known as ‘Washoku’, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. A cultural practice designed to reflect the spirit of nature, Washoku places a large emphasis…

SHOPPING

SHOPPING

Shopping for Necessities Convenience stores, supermarkets, department stores, local shops—there are several different types of shops where you can buy your everyday goods in Japan. Here are a few tips about the products and services to expect from each. Note: Japan is a cash-based society and you may not be…

GETTING AROUND

GETTING AROUND

Finding your way around Japan can seem disorienting at first—signs are mostly written in Japanese, there are no street names, and there are too many doors on their buses to know what to do with. However, getting clued up about how things work in Japan can make life much easier…

SKILLS

SKILLS

Having a unique business concept and good funding certainly makes running a business easier. However, these may not even be that important if you are gifted with a wealth of skills. As long as you can provide a better service at cheaper price, that may be enough to make you…

FOREIGN BUSINESSES

FOREIGN BUSINESSES

Foreign businesses in Japan The biggest ethnic minority population in Japan until 2007 was Korean, with many of them being naturalised Japanese citizens. The most famous companies owned by Korean/Korean Japanese are: Lotte (Food manufacturing) and MK Taxi (Transportation). Currently, the biggest ethnic minority population in Japan is Chinese. Yokohama’s…

MONEY & BANKING

MONEY & BANKING

In spite of its reputation as a hi-tech powerhouse, Japan is a country that forgoes emoney in favour of good-old-fashioned cash payments. First-time visitors are often shocked to learn that it’s perfectly normal for Japanese natives to carry around a few ¥10,000 notes in their pockets—a habit that poses very…