Start up Visa in Tokyo

Foreign nationals wishing to start up business in Japan need to obtain a “business manager” visa. To receive this status of residence, in addition to opening an office, the applicant must employ at least two people full-time, or invest at least 5 million yen in Japan. This presents a high hurdle to prospective foreign entrepreneurs.

In this program to increase foreign entrepreneurs, applicants can receive status of residence (business manager) for half a year even if these conditions are not met, if business plans and other necessary information are submitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirms that the applicant has prospects for fulfilling the conditions within that half year.

From Tokyo metropolitan government, Invest Tokyo

Documents to be submitted *Prepare the forms in Japanese.

1Application for confirmation of business startup activities  ※Japanese only

2Business Plan  ※Japanese only

3Applicant’s resume ※Japanese only 

4Copy of applicant’s passport (section with photo, name, and signature)

5「Document that can clarify where the applicant will be residing for 6 months after coming to Japan (e.g. copy of lease contract, copy of application for lease)

6Other necessary documents (e.g. copy of bank book, documents that show bank balance)

 Persons that may submit application documents


  1. Applicant
  2. A member of the staff of a public interest incorporated association or a public interest incorporated foundation∗ with the purpose of facilitating the smooth acceptance of foreign nationals and whom the director of the regional immigration bureau finds appropriate. (∗Currently, the Japan Immigration Association falls under it.)
  3. An attorney or administrative scrivener who has notified the director of the regional immigration bureau exercising jurisdiction over the area where the bar association or administrative scrivener association to which the attorney or administrative scrivener belongs is located. However, if the applicant is located in a foreign country, this shall be a person (or staff member, in the case of a corporation) that has been entrusted by the applicant with the establishment of a business entity in Japan.

We, Gyoseishoshi Lawyers, fall under 3 and can apply on your behalf.

Service fees

For applications outside of Tokyo, daily allowance and transportation expenses will be charged separately.
If we create a business plan, an additional fee of 55,000 yen will be incurred.
Actual costs such as registration copy acquisition fee or transportation fee to the Immigration Bureau etc. are charged separately.
If you set up a company with two or more people (excluding NPO corporations), an additional fee of 5,500 yen to 11,000 yen will be charged per person.