FAQ

February 23, 2016

What is the best way to hire employees in Japan?

Japan has a national work placement agency called “Hello Work.” Hello Work provides free help to job seekers as well as employers looking to fill positions and provides an essential service in matching these two needs.
February 23, 2016

Is it difficult to fire people in Japan?

Japanese labor law is very protective of employees’ rights. While it isn’t impossible to fire an employee on a contract without a fixed term (a lifetime employee), it is very difficult.
February 23, 2016

Are non-compete clauses legal in Japan?

The Japanese Constitution protects the freedom of choice of employment. Therefore, within limits, people should be able to work for whatever company they want.
February 23, 2016

What is the difference between a Representative Office and a Branch Office?

Establishing a Representative Office is perhaps the simplest way to establish your company’s presence in Japan. A Representative Office allows a foreign company to conduct market surveys, collect information, purchase goods and conduct PR campaigns. However, Representative Offices are not allowed to engage in sales activities. Forming a Representative Office does not require registration but many aspects of business, such as opening a bank account or renting office space, must be conducted by the head office of the foreign company or the head of the Representative Office acting in an individual capacity.