New visa (designated activity) for business start-up (METI)

Japanese Version

Management type visa sets its criteria too stringent for a world talent to start up new business in Japan. This is because the type is rather for an already established business manager to enter into Japanese market.

To address this, a new type has been introduced in Dec 2018 as one of Designated Activity visa types. A to-be-a-business manager is now able to stay for upto a year while getting support from a registered municipal government for start-up.

The support from a municipal government is mandatory so that this visa type is granted to a talent who plans to start up business in a registered municipal government.

As of April 2019, five municipal governments are registered for this visa type: Fukuoka city, Aichi prefecture, Gifu prefecture, Kobe city and Osaka city. Tokyo government is not yet registered while it offers its own support program for business start ups.

METI site (English)