Getting Started

Interested in Doing Business in Japan?

From customized research, to in-person meetings, to market entrance guidance, the U.S. Embassy can help you find partners for doing business in Japan. Take advantage of the name recognition of the U.S. Embassy to open doors and take your first steps toward success in the world’s third largest economy.

The Embassy’s U.S. Commercial Service and Foreign Agricultural Service provide guidance on doing business in Japan and offers valuable assistance to help U.S. businesses exporting to Japan in today’s global marketplace.

U.S. Commercial Service Japan

Please visit the U.S. Commercial Service Japan website or access our Country Commercial Guides (CCG) to quickly find everything you need to know about doing business overseas, with in-depth information on exporting to Japan.

  1. Visit the U.S. Commercial Service Japan website.
  2. Make use of our business matchmaking services and other resources provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, including trade counseling, market intelligence and commercial diplomacy, among many others.
    • Useful Links
      1. Japanese Market Information
      2. Japanese Trading Database
      3. Trade Shows in Japan
      4. Procurement Information
      5. News Sources
      6. U.S., State & Japanese Governments
    • FAQs
  3. Access the Japan Country Commercial Guide (CCG) to quickly find everything you need to know to do business overseas, with in-depth information on exporting to Japan, including sections on:
    • Doing Business in Japan
    • Political & Economic Environment
    • Selling U.S. Products & Services
    • Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports & Investments
    • Trade Regulations, Customs, & Standards
    • Investment Climate Statement
    • Trade & Project Financing
    • Business Travel
  4. Read A Basic Guide to Exporting to learn more about exporting overview, strategy and tools.
  5. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Japan.
  6. Contact the U.S. Export-Import Bank for guidance regarding obtaining financing for your exports of goods or services.
  7. Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
  8. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) and visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s webpage on exports. Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aim at providing educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

U.S. Office of Agricultural Affairs