A representative office in Japan is a non-registered entity that is not subject to taxation and other corporate guidelines.
Incorporate a company
Working through a third-party distributor is a viable market entry framework for certain businesses, and carries benefits in the early stages of your growth in Japan. For example, the costs are much lower; an experienced partner is likely to have deep knowledge
Most companies, however, will look to strengthen their presence in Japan through a permanent establishment. Forming a subsidiary or a branch office gives you far greater control of any logistics and allows for a same time-zone response customer requests. Moreover, a local presence displays
An array of legal requirements, regulations and tax implications makes a daunting process for foreign companies. At OPTI, we fully support the creation of a KK Kabushiki Kaisha, a GK Godo Kaisha, or a branch office. Expect a process that is cost-effective and transparent, with a provision of bilingual documents. Subsequently, we take it upon ourselves to register you with local and national tax offices, complete initial tax filings and form a banking structure most in line with your business needs.
Japanese KK Kabushiki Kaisha and GK Godo Kaisha companies are required to have resident directors and resident executive managers respectively. At OPTI, we provide temporary nominee directors who will act on your behalf until you are ready to appoint a candidate yourself.
Hiring one of our nominee directors prevents disruptions and keeps momentum on your side after the establishment of your company. Equipped with managerial experience and plentiful linguistic skills, the direction will act on your behalf to complete the incorporation process, and act as
M&A and Joint Ventures
Joint ventures and Mergers and Acquisitions create a lucrative route of entering the Japanese market. When done correctly, they provide quick access to new customers and Japan-specific business knowledge. You can
However, foreign companies face several issues when attempting a cross-border M&A or strategic partnership. Cultural differences are widespread, diluting the trust needed for a mutually beneficial deal to take place and frustrate the hopes of inbound businesses, in particular when intentions do not align with outcomes. Similarly, factors such as varying laws and regulations and stakeholder interest must be considered before the finalization of an agreement.
If we decide that an M&A or a joint venture is the best option, we will streamline the process from start to finish and make sure that the value of the transaction is as good as it can be. From our qualified and professional team, you can expect:
Our post-transaction support ensures the partnership works as intended, from designing long-term
Selling your products through a third-party platform such as Amazon or Rakuten is the quickest method to enter the Japanese market, carrying the lowest risk. Making sales through an established marketplace can test the viability of your product and enhance the trustworthiness of your product in the eyes of Japanese customers.
At OPTI, we can ensure your product meets the necessary regulations and standards, provide import support and tailor the description of your products to the preferences of Japanese customers. Afterward, you can enlist us in sustaining the reach of your brand and managing anything from customer complaints to social media outreach.