Doing Business in Japan


Despite its recent economic and environmental challenges, Japan remains one of the world’s key economies and an important business destination for expats.
Doing business in Japan
The ease of doing business in Japan is demonstrated in its favourable rankings in a number of international business surveys, most notably the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2014, where the country was ranked 23rd out of 189 countries. Japan scored particularly highly for its protection of investors (16th) and cross-border trading (23rd), and was ranked in first place for resolving insolvency.

The biggest drawbacks to doing business in Japan are the cumbersome and expensive tax regimen and the complexity involved in starting a business. In addition, Japanese culture and business practices contain many pitfalls for the uninformed businessperson and mastering or at least understanding these will be key to a business meeting's success.

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