Making It In Japan―The Story Of Starting A Business In Japan
Along the journey we'll cover: getting the idea, finding a lawyer, deciding which business to start, working with a Japanese partner, leasing an office, accounting, applying for a visa and opening a corporate bank account.
I came to Japan without a concrete plan, and now, a year later, I am running my own business. In reflecting on this journey for myself, I decided to share my experience. Consider the following a process document that breaks down what I've learned into specific milestones. For each step, I've also included anecdotes from other entrepreneurs, as well as useful resources.
Along the journey we'll cover: getting the idea, finding a lawyer, deciding which business to start, working with a Japanese partner, leasing an office, accounting, applying for a visa and opening a corporate bank account. There is definitely not one right way to start a business. All you need as you embark on the process is a little bit of audacity, a lot of humility, and the willingness to learn from your mistakes.
Similar to my experience, the entrepreneurs I interviewed didn’t move to Japan with the goal of starting a business. They moved to Japan because they loved the culture/country, and while designing their lifestyle, a business was born.
My friend Luis once said, “A city chooses you, you don’t choose a city.” When it comes to my move to Japan, that couldn’t be more true. There was an unmistakable feeling of home when I stepped off the train onto the amazingly quiet but chaotic station platform in Shinjuku. The feeling of belonging was compelling (and intriguing) enough for me to make the jump and leave my life in San Francisco behind.
I didn’t choose. There wasn’t a choice. Here was just right.
I’ve been in Japan for one entire year now. In that time I've learned conversational Japanese and started my own business creating immersive experiences for individuals and companies.
I started my company while I was on a tourist visa. This meant I didn’t have a Japanese phone number, permanent address, or residency card. All of these details had implications on my process. I’ll discuss this more in the Finding a Japanese Partner section, but first, let’s examine how I decided to start a business....
What a week, muttered the entire country for the 38th consecutive time this year. A bit of good news, courtesy of Smithsonian magazine: Tomorrow you can spend the day at any of the 1,400 museums that will be free around the United States as part of national Museum Day.
The full list of participating museums ranges from botanical gardens to lighthouse museums to bonsai museums, but a slew of great art, technology, and design institutions will be free, as well. A few highlights:
At the National Building Museum, you can see Evicted, the museum’s show on low-income renter eviction, as well as Secret Cities, on the little-known towns that produced American nuclear weapons (read our story on the show here).
Cranbrook Museum of Art is staging its punk design show, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, for another few weeks. (Here’s more from curator Andrew Blauvelt, with whom I chatted earlier this summer about the show).
At the National Museum of the American Indian, check out Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, which profiles ten native artists working in new media.
The Museum of Arts and Design’s show on artists working on the U.S.-Mexico border closes on Sunday.
Check out the full list of museums, and download your tickets, here.
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied a New York Times report Friday (Saturday NZ time) that he suggested he secretly recorded US President Donald Trump last year to expose chaos in the administration and he floated the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Yellow Porter have announced their success in acquiring RM1 million in a funding round led by Cradle Fund and plan to expand to the rest of SEA.
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