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How do I start my own business?
  You have two options of starting your business.
  1. Become a Sole Proprietor(Kojin jigyou nushi)
Instead of setting up a company, you can start your business as a Sole Proprietor.
All you need to submit are several forms to the tax authorities, the city office, and if found necessary, to the social insurance office.
  2. Set up a Limited Company(Kabushiki gaisha)
You can also choose to be incorporated. A limited company(Kabushiki gaisha) is the most common choice among different types of companies. To set up a limited company, commercial registration (shogyo tohki) is necessary, which costs more than JPY200,000 and requires a lot of pap
erwork. In addition, forms should be submitted to the tax authorities, the city office, and possibly to the social insurance office.
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Which is more beneficial, a Sole Proprietor or a Limited Company?
  As discussed above, in the initial stage it costs more money and time to set up a company. It is much easier to start as a sole proprietor.
    On the other hand, a company can enjoy more tax benefit. The tax benefit increases as sales volume increases. →Case Study
    Moreover, the society generally places higher confidence in a company than in a sole proprietor. Prospective customers, business partners, banks and even the labor market prefer an incorporated business. Some consider a sole proprietor "less professional" or
"less serious" about business, which may hinder your business.
   
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Do I have to pay consumption tax?
 


If your annual sales volume is less than JPY10,000,000, you are exempt from paying consumption tax. When it reaches JPY10,000,000, you will need to pay on a yearly basis.
    The amount varies depending on the type of business. For example:
    The annual sales volume : JPY10,000,000
The consumption tax payable : between JPY50,000 and JPY250,000 *
    (*depending on the type of business)
    Naturally, the tax amount increases as sales volume increases.
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How do I deal with social insurance?
  There are three types of social insurance costs you need to consider:
  1. Employment Insurance:
    Whether you are a sole proprietor or run a limited company, it is required to pay employment insurance if you have an employee. The insurance cost, 1.55% of the amount of wages, is shared between employer (0.95%) and employee ( 0.60%).
  2. Health Insurance:
    All Limited Companies have to pay health insurance for both employers and employees. Sole Proprietors hiring 5 employees or more have to pay health insurance for employees. The insurance cost, which is around 9% of the amount of wages, is shared equally between employer and employee.
  3. National Pension
    All Limited Companies have to pay national pension premium for employers and employees.Sole Proprietors hiring 5 employees or more have to pay national pension premium for employees.The premium, which is around 8% of the amount of wages, is shared equally between employer and employee.
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