There are a wide range of possible strategies for entering the Japanese market. In order to choose the most suitable one for your business, you should be aware of the logistical difficulties involved when investing in Japan. In addition to understanding the unique behaviour of Japanese consumers and businessmen (see our Culture section), you must be prepared for the wide range of potential legal and regulatory issues. Japan is a relatively closed market and you must be well informed if you are to overcome the various barriers to the Japanese market.

This section will provide you with information and advice on operational and financial issues so that you are adequately prepared when investment and business opportunities begin to appear. If, on the other hand, you are a researcher, we can also provide you with data on various R&D centres and clusters in Japan. This section looks at some of the cross-cutting operational issues that companies may face when starting or developing their activities in Japan or with Japanese businesses.

The information available on this site was put together after screening more than 1,600 web pages and books providing information about Japan. Below you will find a list of topics covered in this section of the site.

  • Entry Strategy
  • Financial Issues
  • Import and Export
  • Innovation
  • Investment
  • Know your Market
  • Legal & Regulatory Issues
  • Operational Issues