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Doing Business in Japan

Published in December 2017

Japan is the world's third largest economy. It has 126 million people and scares on natural resources, which explains why the country has traditionally been highly dependent on raw materials imports, being the largest importer in the world. The economy has been strong during the last 70 years due to the combination of a government that has been supportive to the industry development, a strong work ethic of the Japanese culture, high specialization on technology and small defense allocation.

Japan has a good urban infrastructure and you will enjoy the low office rental costs. The World Bank rates their income category as High, with GDP of US$ 4.947T in 2016, and a GDP per capita of US$ 41.5k. The GDP growth has experienced significant changes on last years: -0.1% in 2011, 1.5% in 2012, 2.0% 2013, 0.3% in 2014 ,1.2% in 2015, and 1.0% in 2016.

Japan is the fourth largest exporter in the world, exporting Cars ($90.3B) which represent 15% of the total exports of Japan and Vehicle Parts ($31.3B), Integrated Circuits ($18.8B), and Passenger and Cago ships ($12.2B). The top export destinations of Japan are the United States (20.2%), China (17.6%) and South Korea (7.2%).

Japan is the fifth largest importer in the world, importing Crude Petroleum ($50.8B), Petroleum Gas ($34.3B), Packaged Medicaments ($17B), Computers ($15.5B) and Coal Briquettes ($15.2B),The top import destinations of Japan are China (25.8%), the United States (11.1%), Australia (5.0%).

Japan is buying Crude Petroleum ($50.8B,8.7%) and Petroleum Gas ($34.3B,5.9%). In 2016 Japan was qualified as largest foreign direct investor in the US (FDI), investing almost $45B.

Member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), part of the free and fair economic zone, makes it easier for Japan to be a good exporter and importer. The main challenges of the country are the high national debt that is reaching 240% of their GDP, and also an ageing population, 21% being over 65 years old and low birth rate. Doing business rank 2016 (World Bank): 34 Relationships with international businesses continue.

In order to avoid the 'redundancy' risk of the use of static data about various countries, this portal incorporates various live data feeds from:

•    The World Bank
•    The observatory of Economic Complexity

The intention is to provide access to live information extracted from the regularly refreshed databases maintained by these organisations.



 

Use the navigations buttons below to access to more live data:
Inflation, Development indicators, Exports, Trade Balance, and more.

World Bank Development Indicators

The window below is a feed from the World Bank website and shows the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate Japanese and global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. Amongst others it covers critical areas of Agriculture & Rural Development, Climate Change, Economy & Growth, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, External Debt, Health, Infrastructure and Labor & Social Protection.

Exports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods exported from Japan.

Imports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods imported into Japan.

Trade Balance

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph illustrates the subsequent trade balance of exports and imports to and from Japan.

Destinations

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph shows the destinations of goods and services by country.

 

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AGN Firms in the country


Japan
Hanai & Associates
Shinozuka Bldg. 3F
2-27-16 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-Ku
Tokyo 107-0062
Time Zone:
Phone: (+81 3) 3479 2560
EMail: hanai@hanai-cpa.co.jp
Ohwa & Co
Jidousha Kaikan Bldg. 4-8-13
Kudanminami
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
Time Zone: GMT + 9:00
Phone: (+81 3) 3222 6025
EMail: mt-sawada@ohwa-audit.co.jp