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Understanding Japan: Business & Economics

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Japan.

At A Glance


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Let's learn about Japan economy in the past, present and the future through this video.

This video from Prime Minister's Office of Japan highlight areas that is increasingly getting foreign investments.


This section explores the various aspects of doing business in Japan.

Business Law

  • Legal Updates
    This link provides a comprehensive guide to the legal regulations in Japan.

Work Culture

What it's like working in Japan? This video give insight into the Japan work culture and how it compares to working in a global or Western workplaces.

In an attempt to bring more workers into Japan's shrinking economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlined goals to create a "Japan in Which Women Shine," However, this video explains why the government still faces serious deep rooted gender bias that excludes women from work.

Economics & Infrastructure

This section explores the economics and infrastructure in Japan.

Japan is the world’s second largest economic power, ranking behind only the United States. Over the years, Japan has developed a highly diversified manufacturing and service economy. Japan is one of the world’s largest producers of motor vehicles, steel, and high-technology manufactured goods (notably consumer electronics). Other important exports included chemicals, chemical products, and metals.

Japan's Economy

Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world. CNBC's Uptin Saiidi seek to understand its corporate culture and see explore how the government is trying to make a change.

Find out how Japan’s economy is gradually destroying its youth.

Additional Resources

Business Etiquette

Learn some basic Japan's business etiquettebefore making your trip.

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