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Shorter Waiting Period for Company Set Up in Japan

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Effective from March 12th 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Justice has implemented its new ‘Fast Track’ system for registering the incorporation of stock corporations (Kabushiki Kaisha KK) and limited liability companies (Godo Kaisha GK).

Previously, it was common practice for the local registry or legal affairs bureau (LAB) to process a registration application for a stock corporation or limited liability company in between 7 and 10 working days. The registration certificate would normally be issued one day after the expiry of said period.

However, under the new ‘Fast-Track’ approach, the process can be completed in just 3 working days (exclusive of the day the application is submitted).

Typically, in Japan, stock corporations (KK’s) are the prevailing form of company to set up when a business starts. Limited liability companies (GK’s) are more commonly used for financial projects. In any case, the introduction of faster registration processes provides good prospects for businesses and projects.

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