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Doing business in Japan

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Japan.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers.

Passport Japan: Your Pocket Guide to Japanese Business, Customs & Etiquette
Engel, Dean (World Trade Press, 2008)

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Useful links

Ease of doing business in Japan
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Japan company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.


Exporting to Japan
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - Japan
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and crime.

Doing Business in Japan
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Published in January 2016.

Doing Business in Japan
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in November 2015.

Doing Business in Japan
Guide from HLB International giving general information on doing business in Japan, published in May 2012.

Doing Business in Japan
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: Japan
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Forums and support networks

British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Japan.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the United Kingdom
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and Japan.

Keidanren [Japanese Business Federation]
Federation of businesses, industrial associations and regional economic organisations.

Embassies and consulates


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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Japan
Analysis of the business environment in Japan, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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