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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.

eBooks

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.

Guides

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.

Focus on: Japan
Grant Thornton report looking at economic and business trends, including the status of employment, profitability and revenue expectations, constraints and lender support in the region. Published in August 2012 as part of the International Business Report Economy Focus series.

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 April 2011.

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

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Japan

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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