The methods and options available when establishing a new business in Japan, as well as the types of taxes differ greatly depending on whether you are opening a representative Japan office, a Japanese branch-office or a new company in Japan. Due to the many different ways in which you can start a new business, it is advisable to consult with an expert on such matters. Furthermore, all written preparation needed to start your business must be completed in Japanese, including application materials and registration forms. Consult with appropriate Japanese specialists who can offer services in English.

In Japan, specialists in the fields of law and taxation are diverse. They are classified as follows: Bengoshi (lawyers), Shiho-shoshi (judicial scriveners), Gyosei-shoshi (administrative scriveners), Benrishi (patent attorneys), Zeirishi (tax counselors), specialists in social insurance, real estate examiners, and certified public accountants.

There may be cases when some of these fields overlap, however as a rule, each specialist is to handle problems or issues that are specific to his or her area of expertise.

  • Lawyers: Representing clients and counseling large businesses and corporations in judicial matters.
  • Judicial Scriveners: Assisting in business establishment and branch-office registration.
  • Administrative Scriveners: Assisting in visa and permit acquisition as well as various other business related matters.
  • Patent Attorneys: Consulting in matters concerning intellectual property such as patents and acquisition of necessary permissions.
  • Tax Counselors: Specializing in general bookkeeping and taxation matters.

For entrepreneurs, identifying and choosing the necessary and appropriate specialists can be a tedious and difficult task. Among the experts mentioned above, there are many that choose to maintain business partnerships with professionals from other areas, so as to offer the client a simple and convenient one-stop solution. Therefore, it is of great importance to search for consultants with extended experience in dealing with foreign companies.

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As partners to small and medium sized enterprises, and to foreign residents in Japan, Partners Law Office provides a high level of legal service. They have attorneys registered with the Embassy of the United States who can provide service in English, and also have partnerships with law offices in Thailand and Poland and receive referrals through the Polish embassy in Tokyo.

Partners Law Office provides a wide variety of legal services for individuals and companies, including:
*Business / Corporate and Commercial , investment, M&A, Reviewing and Drafting Contracts, Labor issues
*Everyday life/ Civil cases, Traffic accidents, Criminal cases, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Abduction, Bankruptcy
Partners Law Office

4th floor, 3-36-7 Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku
4 min. from Otsuka Sta., 8 min. from Shin-otsuka Sta.
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