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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.

Key data

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.

Hojin Information [Corporate Information]
Searchable database created by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Find basic company data by searching on corporate name or number. Datasets are also downloadable in several file formats.


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.

Overseas Business Risk - Japan
Report from Department for International Trade 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 published by PKF in July 2020. It gives an overview of the business environment, business structures, accounting and taxation.

Doing Business in Asia Pacific
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering Japan. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Japan either temporarily or permanently. Published in May 2018.

Doing Business in Japan
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of Japan. Published in 2018.

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 2018.


On our Exporting to Japan page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Council of Experts Concerning the Corporate Governance Code
Body within Japan's Financial Services Agency responsible for the code. News releases, exposure drafts and other materials are available to download in English. Similar documents are available for the Council of Experts Concerning the Japanese Version of the Stewardship Code.

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in Japan.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

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.

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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