Getting Started in Japan

Please visit the export.gov page on Japan for an overview of economic conditions and opportunities in the region.

I – Exporting to Japan

If you are considering doing business in Japan, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:


  1. Visit the export.gov Japan page to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.
  2. Contact Information and Links for Assistance:

    • Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Japan. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You
    • Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs)
      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 aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  3. Make use of business matchmaking services:
    Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand your business in this market, we offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities.

II – Investing in Japan

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Japan.


  1. Potential investors: Getting Started.

    If you are considering investment in Japan, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  2. Current Investors: Staying Connected

    If you are a current U.S. investor in Japan, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  3. Working in Japan

    In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

    Business Visas

    For information on obtaining a visa to visit Japan, please visit this page on the Embassy website.

    Travel Advisories

    Make sure to check the latest State Department travel advisories for Japan.

    FCPA

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

    More information on the FCPA can be found online here.

    A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

    More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found online here (PDF 135 KB).