JIN-438 -- Human Traffic

Human trafficking in Japan concerns not only foreign women working in the entertainment industry but also Japanese teenagers and even a government run trainee scheme. We spoke to the Polaris Project to find out more. Read Now

Terrie's Job Tips -- Starting Your Own Company – Part Three: Rep Office or Branch?

Both the Godo Kaisha and Kabushiki Kaisha entities I mentioned last week are independent companies and are the most common forms of incorporation in Japan. But what if you are helping a foreign firm get set up here? Well, there are other choices, but before I go into them, I'll just say that I prefer establishing an independent company like a KK because it provides you with "firewalling" of the Japan operation, by limiting the liability of management to the laws and actions made here to the Japanese market. It is for this reason that most foreign firms like to use the KK instead of other options.


TT-443 -- ASEAN Opportunities, ebiz news from Japan

A look at Japan's financial relations with the economies of Southeast Asia and how this affects the dynamics of regional business. Includes news summaries with the latest on Nova, Japan Post, tuna fishing and the winter weather. Read Now


GW-279 -- The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan

Mac OS X Leopard,wooden IT paraphenalia from Marubeni and 'MUSIC PRJECT' from Sony and AU make up these weeks Gadget Watch. Don't miss out on the chance to find out the future of gizmos and gadgets in Japan. Read Now

JIN-437 -- Olympic Japan

This week JIN considers Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympics and looks back on Japan's history of Olympic participation. Read Now

Terrie's Job Tips -- Starting Your Own Company – Part Two: the KK (Kabushiki Kaisha)

Because of these issues with a GK, I usually advise people to consider a proper shares-based corporate entity, and this means moving to a Kabushiki Kaisha. Setting up a Kabushiki Kaisha (KK) is much easier than it used to be, and in practice it costs around JPY140,000 more than a GK to do. Therefore, I see little point in encouraging those wanting to build a business that they can sell one day, to pursue a GK. Although having said that, you can easily upgrade a GK to a KK.


TT-442 -- Condo Prices Topping Out? Ebiz news from Japan

Terrie takes a look at the market for condiminiums and discusses the residential real estate market in general. Has it reached its peak? Read Now