Posted: 4月 1, 2021Updated: 5月 25, 2021
Establishing a Company and Life in Okinawa
Support for Foreign Companies Expanding into Okinawa
Okinawa Investment Support Center
We provide information about business environment and economic situation of Okinawa as well as consultation services for incorporation of a business. We also introduce hubs of international distribution and provide information and support about various incentives for business. In addition, for those who wish to visit and observe companies in Okinawa before you deploy investment or other specific plans, we coordinate and accompany your visit.
Normal scenario to establish a company in Okinawa
|Okinawa Investment Support Center
Overseas and Business Support Division, Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation
※Business Hours : Monday - Friday JPT 9:00-17:00 (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays)
Steps of setting up business in Japan
Reference: JETRO Website - Setting up Business https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/setting_up/
Okinawa Investment Support Center will provide support for the above procedures as necessary.
1 General flow of procedures for establishing a company
(case of joint-stock corporation)
|Determination of profile of joint-stock corporation to be established|
|Examination at the Legal Affairs Bureau of identical corporate names|
|Preparation of joint-stock corporation's articles of incorporation|
|Acquisition of registration certificates, etc. for the parent company, and preparation of affidavits regarding the
profile of the parent company and affidavits regarding signatures of the representatives of the parent company
2．Application for establishment
|Notarization of joint-stock corporation's articles of incorporation by a Japanese notary|
|Remittance of joint-stock corporation capital to the account of the incorporator, or representative director, or
director at incorporation
|Appointment of directors and other officers, such as representative directors and auditors|
|Examination by directors and auditors of the legality of establishment procedures|
|Application at the Legal Affairs Bureau for registration of joint-stock corporation establishment and the
registration of company seal at the Legal Affairs Bureau
3.Procedures after application
|The acquisition of a certificate on registered information and a company seal impression certificate|
|Opening of a bank account under the company name *2|
|The notification of stock acquisition to the Bank of Japan|
Reference: JETRO Website - Procedures for registering establishment
2 Opening a bank account under company name
In general, the following items are required to open a corporate account. Please contact your bank to be corresponded for more details as each bank may have different procedures.
- Landline phone number
- Business card
- Contracts with business partners, etc.
- Residence card
- Corporate seal
- Materials that show your business, such as websites
- Certified copy of the corporate register
- Certificate of seal impression of the corporation
- Articles of Incorporation
- Copy of the tax office report
With its many attractive features,
Okinawa is an agreeable place to live and to do business
Medical Care in Okinawa
Bringing Security to Life with Advanced Medical Facilities
The prefecture operates five hospitals covering the northern, central, and southern (including Naha) parts of the main island, as well as the Miyako and Yaeyama islands, respectively. As well as, another 16 clinics associated with those hospitals.
There are emergency hospitals in every part of the prefecture with staff who can handle foreign languages as well, So even in one in a million emergency situations those who do not speak Japanese can have peace of mind.
A Useful Site in the Case of Illness
In the case that one should need medical attention in Japan, this helpful website provides easy to understand directions in English, Chinese, and Korean on where one should go base on current symptoms.
Education in Okinawa
Providing Information About Education that Takes the Needs of Non-Japanese in Mind
Hoping to create a place where foreign residents can rest easy when it comes to living in Okinawa prefecture, we provide multilingual guidance for the education system and educational enrollment. The local government conducts information sessions about student life, and holds orientation sessions on its systems for helping student enrollment. With the efforts for the promotion of information about the education with those who are non-Japanese in mind, anyone relocating to Okinawa with school age children has no need to worry.
|International Schools in the Prefecture|
|Okinawa Amicus International（Kindergarten, Elementary and Junior High School）||TEL: +81-98-979-4711/Uruma City
|Okinawa Christian School International||TEL: +81-98-958-3000/Yomitan Village
|New Life Academy||TEL: +81-98-870-3893/Nakagusuku Village
|Japanese Classes + Japanese Language Vocational School|
|Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation||TEL: +81-98-942-9215/Ginowan City
|Japanese Language Institute, International Center of Language & Culture||TEL: +81-98-859-3881／Naha City
|Japanese Language School SAELU||TEL: +81-98-943-3297／Naha City
Case Study of Technology Education:
Okinawa Amicus, 6th in the world. Robotics competition for students
The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Canada 2020-X, one of the world's largest robotics competitions for students, was held online November 12-15, 2020. AMICUS RS, a team from Okinawa Amicus International Elementary School, and Amicus TNK, a team from its Junior High School, took 6th place in the elementary school division and junior high school division, respectively. This is the first time for a prefectural team in Okinawa to win 6th place in the junior high school division, and two consecutive years in the elementary school division.
Reference: The Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper 17th Nov,2020
Living Conditions in Okinawa
Even though the rent fee for housing in Okinawa is only about 60% of that in Tokyo, the compact urban design allows for a fulfilling lifestyle close to the city, the ocean, and nature.
Historically, Okinawa has had a lot of exchange with foreign countries, and many foreigners are already living in Okinawa today. Therefore, it has been developed as an environment where foreigners can live comfortably.
Safety and Disaster Prevention in Okinawa
Japan is known as a country that is peaceful and orderly. According to the 2020 Global Peace Index (produced by the Economist magazine from the U.K.), Japan is the 9th most peaceful country in the world.
Useful Websites in the Event of Disaster
Most local governments in Okinawa have prepared local community disaster prevention guide maps and evacuation center maps in multiple languages for foreign residents in the event that a typhoon, earthquake, or some other disaster occurs. The Okinawa Disaster Prevention Information Portal also provides information about typhoons, earthquakes, tsunami, advisories, and warnings in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean.
|In the Event of Emergency|
|Fire, injury, or sudden illness TEL 119
direct to call for a fire truck or ambulance.
|Accidents and crimes TEL 110
direct to call the police.
Business Support Organizations in Okinawa
|IT Innovation and Strategy Center Okinawa (ISCO)|
ISCO provides opportunities that can utilize the most advanced IT innovation technology to solve economic problems or other problems in the prefecture and create new values.
|Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)|
|Okinawa Prefecture Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialists Association|
Administrative scriveners as experts provide consultation in matters such as residency qualifications and approval procedures for business.
|Okinawa Prefecture Judicial Scriveners Association|
Judicial scriveners consult as an expert in registration procedures.
|Okinawa Bar Association|
Legal organization that all lawyers with law offices in Okinawa belong to.
Okinawa’s useful websites in English
|Okinawa Pref. Official Web Site||www.pref.okinawa.lg.jp||●||●|
|Okinawa Island Guide||www.oki-islandguide.com||●||-|