Skip the 5 million JPY boundary and the office requirements?

Short answers:

  • Permanent Residents
  • Special Permanent Residents
  • Long Term Residents
  • Spouse of Japanese Nationals
  • Spouse of Permanent Residents
  • Highly Skilled Professional (HSP)

Foreign business owners in Japan

The authors referred and gathered data that TOKYO SHOKO RESEARCH, LTD has been collecting (as of October 2020). Out of 703,277 small and medium sized enterprise (SME) owners, 0.7% (5,232 owners) are originally from abroad.

Owning a business without holding Business Manager Visa status

Aside from Business Manager Visa holders, the following status holders can start a business, incorporate a company and run businesses without sufficing 5 million JPY criteria & dedicated office space.

  • Permanent Residents (793,164)
  • Special Permanent Residents (312,501)
  • Long Term Residents (204,787)
  • Spouse of Japanese Nationals (145,254)
  • Spouse of Permanent Residents (41,517)
  • Highly Skilled Professional (15,891)
  • *JFC did not mention about HSP.

So where are they?

The first is Tokyo (45.2%), the second is Osaka (9.2%), and the third is Kanagawa (5.7%). The 4th Chiba (5.0%), the 5th Aichi (3.4%), the 6th Fukuoka (3.1%) and the 7th Hyogo (2.6%).

And where are they originally from?

The majority (44.7%) is from China. The next is Korea (19.7%), and Asian countries consist of 84.7%.

  • Europe 8.1%
  • North America 3.9%
  • South America 2.6%
  • Oceania 0.8%

Age of foreign business owners

Average age of “business owners” was 51.2 years old.

When did they become “business owners”?

On average they started a business at the age of 38.

Academic background of foreign business owners

According to JFC’s research in 2020, 38.6% of foreign business owners has bachelor or associate degree, and 4.5% has master degree.

Japanese language ability of business owners

Over 84.6% of business owners’ language ability is higher than Business Level Japanese.

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