• April 4, 2013

    Health insurance and pension

    As I mentioned in a previous post that you can continue paying into your previous employers Social Insurance System (社会保険 – shakai-hoken) t...
  • March 8, 2013

    My first bank account and credit card

    Most of the hard work was now over. My next task was to apply for our first bank account and business credit card. Both were not that straight forward...
  • Photo of plum blossom
    February 22, 2013

    Find an accountant

    Finally, the company is registered and incorporated (phew! and a big pat on the back to myself for getting all the paperwork submitted). Our next tas...
  • Stained glass from the Little Prince Museum in Hakone
    February 14, 2013

    The Legal Affairs Bureau

    The big day, the visit to the Legal Affairs Bureau (法務局 – houmu-kyoku). This is the day that the company will be incorporated. We chose the d...
  • Photo of the Tokyo skyline
    February 8, 2013

    Show us the money – Paid-in Capita...

    During the preparation of the Teikan, we also prepared the documentation to show we had the capital (the paid-in capital) to start our business. This ...
  • Picture from a traditional Japanese garden
    February 1, 2013

    We’re off to see the Notary Office...

    Once the Teikan (Articles of Incorporation) is ready, it’s almost time to visit the Notary Office (公証役場 – koushou-yakuba). But wait! ...
  • Picture from a traditional Japanese restaurant.
    January 19, 2013

    Teikan – Articles of Incorporation...

    The next step was to create the Articles of Incorporation (定款 – teikan). Although the documents could have been created by ourselves (fillin...

Health insurance and pension

As I mentioned in a previous post that you can continue paying into your previous employers Social Insurance System (社会保険 – shakai-hoken) through 任意継続 – nini-keizoku (for a max. of 2 years),…

My first bank account and credit card

Most of the hard work was now over. My next task was to apply for our first bank account and business credit card. Both were not that straight forward. Bank…

Photo of plum blossom

Find an accountant

Finally, the company is registered and incorporated (phew! and a big pat on the back to myself for getting all the paperwork submitted). Our next task was to find an accountant….

Stained glass from the Little Prince Museum in Hakone

The Legal Affairs Bureau

The big day, the visit to the Legal Affairs Bureau (法務局 – houmu-kyoku). This is the day that the company will be incorporated. We chose the date carefully (we didn’t do…

Photo of the Tokyo skyline

Show us the money – Paid-in Capital

During the preparation of the Teikan, we also prepared the documentation to show we had the capital (the paid-in capital) to start our business. This was the Certificate of payment…

Picture from a traditional Japanese garden

We’re off to see the Notary Office

Once the Teikan (Articles of Incorporation) is ready, it’s almost time to visit the Notary Office (公証役場 – koushou-yakuba). But wait! before that, there’s more paperwork! A Letter of Commission (委任状 –…

Picture from a traditional Japanese restaurant.

Teikan – Articles of Incorporation

The next step was to create the Articles of Incorporation (定款 – teikan). Although the documents could have been created by ourselves (filling out a template file), we chose to…

Photo from Sumidagawa event

Step into my virtual office

Do you already have an address for your company? We didn’t. Many of the apartments or ‘mansions’ rented in Japan do not allow the residential address to be registered for…

Photo of and old Japanese postbox

You can with an Inkan

For the next step, I needed to: 1. Register my personal Inkan and obtain the Inkan Registration Certificate 2. Prepare the Company Inkan Personal Inkan In Japan, the stamp or seal (印鑑…

Photo of fields in Kyushu

Prepare to be unemployed

Without a new job waiting for me, and with no HR people to take care of paperwork, there were many things that I was not aware of, and realized afterwards…