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Japanese Law – Topics For Foreigners Living in Japan

If you’re a foreigner living in Japan, trying to navigate and understand Japanese laws can be difficult, even if you speak the language. This series will touch on topics of interest to foreigners living in Fukuoka. The text presented here is provided in its entirety by Atsushi Miyake, an attorney-at-law based in Fukuoka City who speaks English fluently. He can be contacted here. This series will be updated monthly, so check back here to read new topics.

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New One-Year Startup Visa, the First of Its Kind in Japan

As I introduced in my earlier article Fukuoka City National Strategic Special Zone (1) “Startup Visa”, Fukuoka City has been offering a six-month Startup Visa for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the city, which gives a six-month grace period to said entrepreneurs to prepare to meet the requirements for… Read more.

Tax, National Pension and National Health Insurance for Foreigners

The world has never been smaller and many people are doing business and traveling around the globe. We have more options than ever to choose not only where to live but how to be involved or connected with two or more places across borders. However, the system keeps tabs on us wherever we go. I am not a tax specialist but… Read more.

Status of Residence (Visa) and Residing in Japan

On December 8, the new Immigration Act was passed at the House of Councilors, the upper house of the Diet of Japan, and thus enacted. It comes into force from April and Japan will accept hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers from abroad. On this occasion… Read more.
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Establishing a Business in Fukuoka

As Japan is single jurisdiction unlike the United States, Germany and Australia, there is no difference in formalities and requirements for establishing and doing a business anywhere in Japan. However, some local governments such as Fukuoka City offer various incentives and support to foreign individuals or… Read more.

Fukuoka City National Strategic Special Zone (3) “Financial Aid for Renting Residential and Office Spaces”

Office and house rental fees in Fukuoka are considerably lower than in bigger cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka. According to the statistics published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2013, which is the latest available version, an average house rent per one mat [*1] in Fukuoka (¥2,541) is half as expensive as… Read more.

Fukuoka City National Strategic Special Zone (2) “Tax Reduction for Startups”

In the United States, where the corporation tax rate used to be the highest among the OECD countries, a bill slashing it from 35% to 21% was passed in December 2017. France, which took the place of the US and is now ranked first, is also planning to reduce its corporation tax rate from 33.3% to… Read more.

Fukuoka City National Strategic Special Zone (1) “Startup Visa”

It has recently been announced that the Immigration Bureau of Japan will be upgraded from a bureau to an agency from April 2019. This move is related to the plan to introduce a new status of residence to accept more blue-collar laborers from abroad with a view to compensating the shortage in the Japanese labor force. While the national government appears to… Read more.

Cryptocurrency in Japan

On March 29, 2018, Mr. Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange located in Fukuoka, announced on their website that they decided to withdraw the application for registration as a cryptocurrency exchange in response to an administrative guidance given by Japan’s Financial Service Agency (“FSA”) three weeks before the announcement. This decision reflects… Read more.

Termination of Employment Contracts for Assistant Language Teachers or “Guest Teachers” in Fukuoka

In February 2018 the Fukuoka Board of Education (“BoE”) adopted their new plan to outsource the teaching for Foreign Language Activities (“FLAs”) at elementary schools to a temp agency and to assign teachers to the schools. Taking charge of these classes alongside the regular class teachers had been Guest Teachers (“GTs”), who were searched and… Read more.

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Published: Jul 6, 2018 / Last Updated: Mar 8, 2019

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