Our standard Japanese branch-office registration service takes 3 - 4 weeks† from the day you sign a branch-office registration services agreement with us.
* Fee valid for service agreements signed before 2018-4-30. Fee assumes the new branch-office uses one of our business support services for 3 months or more after incorporation. Fee includes government fees. Fee excludes 8% Japanese consumption tax.
† Registration time assumes we receive notarized documents and registration fee without delays.
A Japanese branch-office is sometimes a cost-effective choice for providing Japanese distributor support or customer service for companies in very specific circumstances, such as those needing to employ a small Japanese local support team to support customers in Japan under a global agreement. We do not recommend a branch-office in Japan as a sales office for any company that also does other business in Japan, unless it can clearly separate sales that involve the Japanese branch-office and sales made direct to Japanese customers that do not involve the branch-office. Companies with paid-in capital more than JPY100million equivalent should generally avoid setting up a branch-office in Japan because the Japanese Tax Code considers such companies as large enterprises and large enterprises have high minimum local income taxes.
Venture Japan’s branch-office registration services packages each include the same premium benefits::
All services provided in English.
Representative’s Affidavit (in Japanese and English).
Translation of the Head-Office’s Articles of Incorporation (English to Japanese).
Registered hardwood corporate seal.
Receiving the Representative’s Notarized Affidavit.
Payment of government filing fees.
Filing the registration documents at the Legal Affairs Bureau closest to the branch-office’s registered address.
Receipt of the branch-office’s Certificate of Registration and representative seal registration card (the Ministry of Justice usually issues these documents 10 business days after the incorporation date).
Notification to the Bank of Japan of direct inbound investment (if needed).
The branch-office’s initial registrations with the national and local tax offices (needed within 60 days to make sure it receives “Blue Form” status).