— Latest update: July 2022 —
The joint venture is one of the most implemented approaches in trying to enter a foreign market, the Japanese one included.
Advantages include shared costs and shared risks. These types of ventures are especially useful when it comes to Japan, as having established partners can make or break an entry in Japan, which is notorious for having a unique business environment.
Japan Center for Economic Research, Why is Japan’s inward FDI so low?, 2017
Joint ventures are recognized by the Japanese law as subsidiary companies, which can either be a limited or an unlimited partnership. Foreign firms tend to rely more on limited ones in order not to be personally responsible for the subsidiary’s debts. There are two kinds of limited partnerships, which are:
The unlimited partnerships, as rare as they may be, fall under the following categories:
JETRO, How te set up business in Japan - Section 1. Incorporating Your Business
June Advisors Group, Setting Up an Office / Company in Japan
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