Seminars on launching startups gain traction

Mar 6, 2015

Seminars on launching startups gain traction

by Supriya Singh

Defying data showing a disappointingly low level of entrepreneurship in Japan, seminars aimed at fostering people who start their own firms are proving popular. The events have drawn attention from government officials, academics and corporate executives eager to spark entrepreneurship as Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Jan 7, 2015

Japanese space tourist training for spot on ISS

A Japanese entrepreneur plans to train as a cosmonaut in Russia for a possible mission to the International Space Station. Space tourist Satoshi Takamatsu will fly in the event that another tourist cannot make it: British singer Sarah Brightman. Takamatsu, 51, is president of ...

E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Dec 27, 2014

E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Growing numbers of business ventures are setting up in rural towns and cities as the Internet negates the problems of geographic isolation. “We experience no disadvantages despite being far from Tokyo, as we can communicate with our customers via the Internet,” said Shinji Hamauzu, ...

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

Oct 14, 2014

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

by Komaki Ito

Yoichiro Mikami wanted to be the next Masayoshi Son, Japan’s second-richest man, so he dropped out of high school at 16 this year. Now he’s devoting all his time to Gnex Ltd., a crowdfunding firm backed by six sponsors, including Son’s Yahoo Japan Inc. ...

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Aug 19, 2013

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

by Hiroko Nakata

Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic “agripreneurism” effort. The plants are in a temperature- and water-controlled greenhouse 2½ ...

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So you want to start a business in Japan?

by Keiji Senoo

Reader VS writes: “I am a Spanish national interested in getting information about how to start a business in Japan. What is the minimum required to invest for this purpose and how is this linked to obtaining a residence status? Any information — in ...