Nominee representative manager service for Japanese branch-offices.
A Japanese branch-office must have a representative manager resident in Japan.
- Knowledgeable and experienced in Japanese company management.
- Accountable and responsible.
- Enables enforceable corporate governance.
- Avoids the need to make an inexperienced employee legally responsible for your Japanese business.
- The relationship can be ended at any time, without cause or any damaging legal conflict, simply by giving 30-days notice.
- Cost-effective monthly fees.
- Supported by a full range of bilingual Japanese business support services.
Many companies appoint one of the Japanese branch-office’s employees as its representative manager, but such an appointment can carry significant risks. The representative manager can irrevocably bind the branch-office and its foreign head-office to unauthorized loans, leases, contracts, and other major transactions, and has unlimited access and control over the branch-office’s bank-accounts. Among less obvious risks, an inexperienced representative manager might inadvertently bind the branch-office and its foreign head-office to potentially undesirable and expensive labor practices and expenses, and can expose it to damaging tax-audits and penalties if he or she does not sufficiently understand corporate financial transactions.
If your company is fortunate to have a stable and trustworthy employee with experience and knowledge of Japanese corporate law, and if your corporate governance allows, appoint him or her as the branch-office’s representative manager. If not, or if your corporate governance forbids appointing local employees to Board-level positions, then using an independent professional arm’s-length nominee branch-office representative manager service might be safest.