How can foreigners start business in Japan? I'd like to start a restaurant or cafe in Japan.

If you want to start a restaurant ( Inshokuten = 飲食店, food shop ) in Japan, you need to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ).

And in order to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ), you need to know about relevant laws.

In Japan, if you want to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ), necessary qualification is as below.

Food sanitation supervisor

食品衛生責任者 =しょくひんえいせいせきにんしゃ

Public health care ( hokenjo ) center has authority

Fire prevention manager

防火管理者 = ぼうかかんりしゃ

Local fire department ( Shoubou sho ) has authority

So, you can operate restaurant business without chef license (調理師免許 = chourishi menkyo ).

Necessary equipment to operate restaurant business in Japan.

In order to operate restaurant business in Japan, your facility needs to be equipped with necessary equipments.

So, before you order your interior decorator, you need to consult with officer of public health care center.

Public health care center that has jurisdiction over your restaurant is enacted.
So, you need to consult with them in advance.

When you visit Hokenjo, you need to bring drawing of your restaurant.。

If you have already ordered interior decorator, they will provide you drawing map.

In the case a foreign national operates restaurant business in Japan, you need to obtain necessary status of residence in Japan.

So, you will invest 5 million yen and incorporate a company and obtain business manager visa.


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