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Foreign Entrepreneurship Promotion Project


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I am an immigration lawyer, Tomomi Waizumi managing WAIZUMI Immigration Consulting Office in Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido.

Today, I will introduce you Hokkaido Foreign Entrepreneurship Promotion Project.

The Hokkaido Government has begun the Startup Visa system!

Foreigners who are prepared to start a business in Hokkaido will be permitted to obtain the status of residence under “Designated Activities” if they meet certain requirements.

This status allows foreigners to stay in Japan for a maximum of one year.


Points of the System

The Startup Visa (Foreign Entrepreneurship Promotion Project) is a system that can be used by local governments that have received planning authorization from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

The purpose of this program is to increase the acceptance rate of foreign entrepreneurs into Japan, and to promote new businesses.

Recently, the Hokkaido Government was certificated by METI, and, as such, will enact the Startup Visa system.


Eligible Businesses

- Businesses which promote growth and industrialization in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which support local communities

- Businesses which promote the development of food-related industries that utilize regional resources

- Businesses which promote Hokkaido tourism, and help to elevate tourism in Hokkaido to that of an advanced region in the tourism industry

- Businesses which promote developing manufacturing industries which generate added high values

- Businesses which promote the creation of industries that correspond to market size and shifts in market needs

-Other businesses deemed necessary by the governor


Eligible Persons

Foreigners who intend to start new businesses in Hokkaido


Acceptance of Applications

Acceptance started on November 29, 2019.

(1)Eligible Persons

Applications should be brought to the reception desk by a person falling under either of the following categories.

Mailed applications will not be accepted.

(1) An applicant

(2) A lawyer or an administrative scrivener recognized by the Sapporo Immigration Bureau as a proxy.

※In the case of (2), please submit documents which detail the relationship to the applicant and proof explaining the lawyer or administrative scrivener’s position to do so.


Small and Medium Enterprise Division, Bureau of Regional Economy, Department of Economic Affairs, Hokkaido Government

Kita 3-jo, Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Reception Hours : 8:45~17:30

(closed on weekends, national and New Year holidays)



Documents to Be Submitted

Those who wish to apply for a New Business Implementation Confirmation shall create, prepare and submit all the documents below. All documents must be completed in Japanese.

(1)New Applications

・Documents that verify the applicant’s address for the one year after arrival in Japan or change of status of residence (e.g., copy of a rental agreement or copy of a rental application form)

・Documents that verify the applicant’s expenses for staying in Japan for the one year after arrival in Japan or change of status of residence (e.g., copy of applicant’s bankbook)

・When applying, if the applicant falls under any category listed the Notification, Article 5:6(1)(v) Sections I, RO, HA, or NI, verifying documents are required to be presented.(e.g., certificate of graduation, certificate of employment).

・Photocopy of applicant’s passport (the page containing applicant’s photo and passport number)

・Other documents deemed necessary by the governor


・Consultation for foreigner's status of residence and application to Immigration.

・Working Visa, Spouse Visa, Business Manager Visa, Dependent Visa, Short-term Visa, Permanent Resident Visa, Long-term Resident Visa, Naturalization, International marriage, Set-up a company and so on.

・Consultation for visa application to go abroad.

I also consult for foreigner's last will and testament, inheritance and translation of official documents.(Japanese ⇔ English)

Consultation by WeChat, LINE, Skype, Facetime in addition to by phone and e-mail is available.

First consultation is free of charge.

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