Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.
JETRO has a range of support & services for companies interested in doing business in Japan. These include:
• advising companies on Japanese corporate, tax, labor and visa laws;
• assisting with hiring and site selection;
• introducing companies to outside professionals such as lawyers, accountants, market research firms, etc.; and
• providing temporary office space to your company while it sets up permanent facilities in Japan.
As a part of the Japanese government, JETRO has a network of contacts within the various regulatory agencies that it can draw on to help with regulatory issues. Perhaps most importantly, JETRO offers these services free of charge. Over the past decade, JETRO has assisted more than 1,000 foreign companies with an interest in Japan.