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Japan Branch of a Singapore Entity

Recently, we were asked to register a Japan branch for a Singapore entity. The following is a brief description of the process involved.

Collect information about the Singapore entity

In order to collect information about the Singapore entity, we requested the following documents from the client.


Prepare Affidavit

From the documents above, we extracted the information needed for registration of a Japan branch of a foreign corporation and summarized these into an Affidavit. Standard matters registered for the Japan branch of a Foreign Corporation:

  • Company Name
  • Address
  • Method of Public Notice (Announcement)
  • Laws of Incorporation
  • Business Purposes
  • Total Number of Shares Authorized for Issue
  • Total Number of Issued Shares
  • Amount of Capital
  • Officers
  • Incorporation Date

Comments Specific to Registration of Japan Branch of a Singapore Entity

Business Purposes

In Singapore, the business purposes are not necessarily prescribed in the company Constitution, however up to two Principal Activities can be registered in its Bizfile. Therefore, some times it is not possible to determine the business purposes purely from the above documents, and in such case this will need to be completed in consultation with the client.

Total Number of Shares Authorized for Issue

Singapore does not employ a concept of number of shares authorized for issue. Accordingly, we stated that this item is not applicable and did not register any amount.


Singapore entities have two types of officers, a Director and a Secretary, however since the Japanese Companies Act does not prescribe for an officer similar to a secretary, the secretary is not registered.

Notarization of Affidavit

In this case, one of the Singapore resident Singaporean directors signed the Affidavit in the presence of a Singapore Notary Public and had the Affidavit notarized.

Registration of Japan Branch

Using the above notarized Affidavit, a registration application was filed with the Legal Affairs Bureau office with jurisdiction over the location of the Japan branch.

The date of establishment of the Japan branch is not the registration application date, but rather an establishment date that was decided by the foreign corporation is registered.

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