Starting a Business In Japan?
November 7, 2019

Get the lowdown at this fun ACCJ event on Nov. 7th at the Nagoya Innovator’s Garage

Have you ever sat back and thought of something that could sell hotter than iced tapioca bubble tea in Japan? Or, have you ever leaned forward during a meeting to promote an idea that could better the conditions of your fellow workers and satisfy your customers, and then only to see your boss nix it? Or, maybe you wanted to find a way to enter or fund one of the amazing startup companies blossoming here in the Nagoya region, but didn’t know how to get started. Now is the time to put your ideas into actions.

The timing to start a business in Aichi Prefecture has never been better. For the last three years, the prefecture has boasted the second largest GDP in Japan, following Tokyo, and is continuing to grow. For comparison’s sake, Nagoya’s GDP is now larger than that of Switzerland’s. Nagoya is home to a 400-year-old business that started at the beginning of the Edo period, and fosters digital-age startups such as a space tourism jet manufacturer that is scheduled to take flight in 2024. And, the booming tourism industry is letting expats with specialized local knowledge and expertise develop new business ideas.

Learning how to take the first steps and knowing what choices are available are the focus of the American Chamber of Commerce Chubu Chapter’s informative event “Getting the Low Down on Starting Up a Business in Japan” being held this November 7 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the creatively designed Nagoya Innovator’s Garage in Nadia Park. You will hear from four panelists as they discuss three very common startup scenarios and how their professions help people to register and start-up such small to medium-sized businesses here in Japan. Following their discussion about these scenarios, the panelists will take questions from the audience.

The panel includes Yuji Suzuki, an IRS Enrolled Agent who specializes in tax matters, Jeffrey Jackson, a registered gyoseishoshi (administrative scrivener) and lawyer registered in California, Masanori Tanabe, a lawyer registered in Japan and New York State, and Shintaro Ideta, a registered shihoshoshi (judicial scrivener) in Japan. Each panelist has a long professional career of helping non-Japanese get a business established in Japan, and in particular, the Nagoya region.

Shintaro Ideta


Jeffrey Jackson


Yuji Suzuki


Masanori Tanabe


The entrance fee includes drinks and light food during the networking time after the main event concludes. This will be a unique and exciting opportunity to casually meet and talk with people from Japan and around the world who have the same dreams or are starting on their next big idea. Nagoya Innovator’s Garage is located on the 4th Floor of Nadia Park building alongside the LOFT department store.

Member and Guest Fee: ¥3,000
Meal: Light finger food and drinks

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