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Has anyone registered a company in Japan as a means to acquiring a visa?


in Japan by @kko | 4yr  | 1 comment

Iโ€™ve done reading on this topic but wanted to see if anyone actually had experience doing something like this personally. Iโ€™m thinking of setting up a GK (Godo Kaisha), which is equivalent to an LLC, as a branch of my Delaware-registered corporation for my startup, and granting myself a work visa through this new entity so that I can stay in Japan long-term.

Iโ€™m curious about how long the process can take, what the lawyer fees might look like, and what obligations one has post-incorporation. Thanks in advance!

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@lswank | 4yr

I did a similar thing in Korea. The legal system is very similar. Korea inherited a lot of their modern legal system and bureaucracy during the military occupation during the first half of the 1900s.

In Korea, here are the traditional steps. AFAIK they are REALLY similar in Japan.

  • Get an office. You can probably use a home, but someone from the tax office is going to come inspect once a year to make sure that it really is a place of business. (Depending on what you do, it will matter what the office looks like. If you claim to be manufacturing chemicals, but youโ€™re doing it from an apartment address, chances are youโ€™re not going to get approved.)
  • Register your corporation with the Division of Corporations (In Korea, the ๋“ฑ๊ธฐ๊ตญ). Thereโ€™s quite a bit of paperwork, but thatโ€™s the case with everything in Korea and Japan. They have a counseling office where they can help you. But chances are, youโ€™re going to need to speak the language. (Seriously. I discussed this with EVERY person along the way in Korea. Everyone said, โ€œOh, thank heavens you speak fluent Korean. We get foreigners who wander in every once in a while and itโ€™s impossible. It takes FOREVER.โ€)
  • Receive a license from the district office. This is not the โ€œbusiness licenseโ€, but a license permitting a certain type of activity. This only matters if youโ€™re trying to get something like an education/cram-school license or a food handlerโ€™s license for your restaurant. Or a liquor license for your restaurant. (Or a license to manufacture chemicals in your home, I guess.)
  • Register for a business license with the Tax Office. Youโ€™ll need the business registration certificates that you received from the Division of Corporations. This is where you are actually granted a business license.
  • Congratulations. Youโ€™re a registered business in Korea. Or hopefully, Japan.

Then you have to go through the business of applying for the visa. That requires all SORTS of documentation from your home jurisdiction, including a bunch of letters and forms that are apostilled. (Itโ€™s an internationally recognized notarization.)

In Korea, and likely in Japan, you can hire a legal barrister for it. (Somewhere between a paralegal and a lawyer.) In Korea, Iโ€™d plan on USD$4000, and plan on them saying โ€œNo, this totally wonโ€™t workโ€ all along the way. Also, watch them be amazed when it works, because it actually does work.

Or, you can do like I did and do it all manually. By hand. Painfully. Visiting all of the government offices. And doing all of the translation of all of the documents by yourself.

Not a horrible experience. I learned a LOT. Including how to translate Articles of Incorporation into Korean.

But you probably wonโ€™t want to do that.

Best of luck, and please post what you learn here!

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in Bangkok, Thailand by @germanrobert | 4mo 4 months ago | 2 comments

Hello World!

I'm an experienced Digital Nomad and after being in Lockdown in Bangkok and Germany for one year I would like to team up with someone to visit a new place. Or just doing some exchange about what destinations would be interesting currently.

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I will be traveling/working through Mexico with my dog February to April. My plan is to stay in Sayulita for about 2-4 weeks, then travel south along the cost.

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Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

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But Iโ€™d like to talk to an accountant or someone who does Canadian taxes specifically for expats and nomads to get clear on the rules and for help on my return coming up.

Does anyone know someone who specializes in Canada who can help? Iโ€™ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.

Thanks guys!

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On New Yearโ€™s Day this year, I was refused entry to the UK due to not having proof of funds, an outward-bound plane ticket (I was road-tripping out with a friend via car) and not being able to prove that I had indeed canceled the lease on the apartment I had leased during a prior recent trip.

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Anybody have any suggestions on how to make the approval process go as smoothly as possible?

Many thanks in advance! :smiley:

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by @lofty | 2yr 2 years ago | 3 comments

Hi,
My name is Nick,currently living in Australia and looking at moving to Shikoku next year to live for a couple of years.My wife is Japanese,but I dont speak much though I have lived in Tokyo for some years previously.
Any advice on best areas to look at would be greatly appreciated ,

Thanks in advance
Nick

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We just finished our first stint around South East Asia and somehow survived 3 days of way too many flights, leaving me to feel like death.

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The ideal bank will have an easy on-boarding as a European student studying and living in Sweden for a year and is merciful when it comes to sending GBP into the account.
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by @gmisjura1 | 3yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Hey everyone,

I got into situation when nothing really helped me, and now searching for alternatives.

Two web site where I was trying to buy tickets for Tribeca film festival and just cinema do not let me to buy tickets and the websites are quite big -

Ticketmaster.com
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My question is , does anyone know alternative where I could buy tickets for example Madisson Square show and AMC Cinema screening. Eventbite worked fine for example with European card.

Best,

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Anyone here resident in Portugal with incorporation elsewhere in the EU? Need some advice


in Portugal by @solardive | 3yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Hi everyone!

Currently looking at ridding myself of the 9-5 and becoming a freelance consultant. Iโ€™m not planning to go full erm, โ€œtax optimisationโ€, as I believe in taxes as a concept, but I would like to pay less of them so I can get my business off the ground with more peace of mind.

Iโ€™ve decided I want to apply for the Portugal NHR (Iโ€™m a EU citizen), but I donโ€™t want to incorporate there. Anyone here has experience with being a Portugal tax resident and running a company elsewhere? If yes, where and why did you choose that country/place? Is it a a lot of hassle?

Thanks!

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Has anyone worked from Sihanoukville, Cambodia?


in Sihanoukville, Cambodia by @keybrownhill | 3yr 3 years ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Has anyone visited Sihanoukville recently? I would like to visit and give it a try for working but I am a little unsure about the following:

  • Internet reliability (power cuts and speed)
  • 4G connection as backup
  • specific areas to live

In anyone can offer any info, suggestions on specific areas or recommended accommodation that would be great. I visited around 8 years ago so I am assuming the place has changed quite a bit since then.

Thanks!

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Anyone gone through the MM2H (Malaysia My 2nd Home) process?


in Malaysia by @mmorris | 3yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

We are looking to get the ball rolling and are wondering if anyone else has done it.

We are looking for an agent and are also wondering how far in you can open a Malaysian bank account.

If you know someone who was helpful, let me know!

Thanks

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Anyone (almost) exclusively traveling in Latin America?


by @danielaf | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Is there anyone around who spends most of their time in Latin America? After short trips to Peru earlier this year, Iโ€™ve now come back to Lima to stay for another three months and will then head to Buenos Aires. Lima will be kind of my home base but I aim to explore as much as possible of Latin America in the next couple of years. No interest in Asia, Africa or North America and no intention to go back to Europe.

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