• List of Japan Company Formation Agents: Top 6 Picks

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    In this article, we list some of the most popular and leading company formation agents in Japan and primarily in Tokyo. We start with a short introduction about each service provider, list their services, in which cities they are located, and finally their office address.

    You’ll also find a useful FAQ at the end of the article where we reply to frequently asked questions among readers.

    1. ProWorks Group

    ProWorks Group was founded in 2007 and consists of international expansion specialists. They don’t only have offices in Japan, but in the US and have built up an extensive portfolio over the years.

    The team consists of around 13 professionals, including both Japanese nationals and foreigners, that have catered to locals and foreign clients alike. The company offers various services and multiple options, not a single line of services.

    Services

    • Incorporation
    • Market Entry
    • Accounting & Tax
    • HR
    • Payroll Services
    • Professionals On-Demand
    • Business Consulting
    • Others

    Countries & Regions

    • The US (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    • Japan (Tokyo)

    Office Address: Daiwa Akasaka Bldg 4F, 2-14-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan

    2. Healy Consultants

    Aidan Healy founded Healy Consultants in 2003 and it has become a major player in the incorporation industry since. Being an Irish Chartered Accountant, Aidan has spent decades overseas and managed to accumulate a great deal of experience prior to establishing Healy Consultants.

    Interestingly, the company doesn’t only help locals and foreigners with incorporation, but also with real estate-related services, search engine marketing, and publishing business.

    Over the years, Healy Consultants has helped thousands of customers and it’s renowned for its professionalism. Some of the major clients that the company has helped include JLL, PwC, KPMG, EY, and Coca Cola.

    Services

    • Company Registration
    • Accounting, Tax, and Legal
    • Corporate Banking Solutions
    • Financial Services
    • Business Setup Support
    • Others

    Countries & Regions

    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
    • Australia
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • Others

    Office Address: 15 Floor, Valley Point, 491B River Valley Road, Singapore

    3. Shiodome Partners Group

    Shidome Partners Group is a major accounting and law office that was founded in 2007. The company has 170 members as of August 2019. There are plenty of subsidiaries belonging to the group, including:

    • Shiodome Partners Limited
    • Shiodome Partners Tax Corporation
    • Shiodome Partners Law Firm
    • Shiodome Certified Insurance & Labor Consulting Firm
    • Shiodome Partners Gyoseishoshi Corporation

    The founder and the CEO of the company, Kengo Maekawa, has previously worked for a member firm of Ernst & Young, where he was responsible for statutory auditing of publicly listed companies.

    Services

    • Accounting
    • Business & Commercial Law
    • Cash Management
    • Incorporation
    • Social Insurance Service
    • Corporate-Legal Affairs
    • Others

    Countries & Regions

    • Tokyo

    Office Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 7 Chome−13−8

    4. Venture INQ

    Venture INQ is a leading company formation agency that was founded by Tomohiro Inoue.

    He has a long experience of working with audit & accounting and has worked with companies in numerous industries including software/technology, manufacturing, wholesale/distribution, and health care, for example.

    Over the years, Venture INQ has expanded outside of Japan and operates in Thailand.

    Services

    • Accounting Services
    • Taxation Services
    • Payroll Services
    • Auditing
    • Business Advisory
    • Japan Entry Consulting

    Countries & Regions

    • Japan (Tokyo), Thailand (Bangkok)/li>

    Office Address: Shichiho Bldg. 9th floor, 1-13-13 Kayaba-Cho, Nihombashi Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan 103-0025

    5. PG & Co.

    PG & Co. is a major company formation agent with its head office in Shibuya, Tokyo. The company has around 30 professionals and a long history of catering to local and foreign clients.

    They offer high-quality services for reasonable prices and provide support in ten different languages, including Thai, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and more.

    Services

    • Taxation
    • Accounting
    • Incorporation
    • Others

    Countries & Regions

    • Tokyo

    Office Address: Japan, 〒151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya City, 13

    6. Tokyo Consulting Group (TCG)

    Tokyo Consulting Group was founded in 1998 and provides a wide range of services to locals and foreigners, enabling them to offer end-to-end solutions from dedicated professionals.

    The group has many subsidiaries where some include:

    • Tokyo Consulting Firm Co., Ltd.
    • Consulting services and Dispatching/Outsourcing services
    • Kuno Yasunari CPA Firm
    • Accounting and Audit services
    • Tokyo Licensed Tax Accountant Corporation
    • International Tax Services

    The company has grown quickly over the years and has its head office in Shinjuku.

    Services

    • Incorporation
    • Tax Services
    • Accounting Services
    • Human Resources
    • Payroll Services
    • Others

    Countries & Regions

    • Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama

    Office Address: 7F-AM building, 2-5-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

    FAQ

    Can foreigners own businesses in Japan?

    Foreigners need to obtain a “Business Manager” Visa before they can set up a business in Japan. You must employ at least two people full-time or invest at least 5 million yen in order to get such residency status and to open a company.

    How much money do you need to start a business in Japan?

    You must meet any of the following three capital requirements: 1. Have capital or overall investment capital of 5,000,000 yen. 2. Have at least 2 full-time employees. 3. Have a capital of 2,500,000 yen and 1 employee.

    What is a Japanese KK company?

    KK stands for Kabushiki Gaisha (Japanese: 株式会社) and means “share company”, “stock company”, joint-stock company”, or “stock corporation”.

    Do Japanese companies have registration numbers?

    Yes, Japanese companies have 13-digit registration numbers that are issued and published by the National Tax Agency.

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