Japan corporate bank account

Japan business banking optionsHealy Consultants assists our Clients with the opening of a corporate bank account in Japan without travel. Our experienced banking team will prepare all requisite documentation on your behalf and submit them to the bank, negating personal travel. We will also attend the bank interview on your behalf.

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  • Japan financial system


    1. In 2017, Japan’s financial system was predominantly stable, but the Japanese Central Bank observed a trend of decreasing profitability;
    2. Japan is a ranked 6th in the global financial centers index. Tokyo’s enhanced ratings as an international financial center over the years is largely due to its improved business environment and increased human capital accumulation;
    3. Japan is ranked 26th in the availability of financial services by the World Economic Forum. Banks in Japan offer an excellent range of corporate and personal banking products including i) multiple currencies, ii) internet and telephone banking, iii) international trade services and investment banking services and iv) debit and credit cards;
    4. The US dollar is accepted as a medium of transaction in Japan, which makes it easier for our foreign Clients to work in the country;
    5. Negatively, many bank branches in Japan do not have English-speaking employees, making simple walk-in applications and Client requests by foreigners futile.
  • Healy Consultant’s Japan corporate banking services


    1. Healy Consultants can assist both locally-incorporated and foreign companies to open a corporate bank account in Japan. We will be pleased to assist our Client open a Japan corporate bank account without travel;
    2. As global banks continue to tighten bank account opening procedures, their internal compliance departments are completing more thorough due diligence of Clients. Healy Consultants help Clients prepare detailed business plans and supporting document for increased probability of account approval. Consequently, our Clients should expect the bank account approval to take a minimum of 4 weeks;
    3. Healy Consultants highly recommend opening a corporate bank account with Citibank because based on our experience, Citibank offers the best customer care service to foreign Clients;
    4. For our Clients with preference for Japanese banks, local banks recommended by Healy Consultants include i) Mizuho Bank and ii) Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. See this page for a full list of banks with a presence in Japan.
  • Legal considerations


    1. Japan has strengthened its anti-money laundering (AML) regulations to meet global standards set by Financial Action Task Force. Clients should expect to produce more supporting documents such as i) contracts, ii) invoices and iii) other proof of business to open accounts;
    2. Banks in Japan are complaint by Protection of Personal Information Act (PIPA). Banks are required to appropriately handle customer information in relation to its business, Banks will not be able to disclose customer information due to its general duty of confidentiality under civil law.
  • Other corporate bank account information


    1. Japan is a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As such, it supports the exchange of bank customer information with fellow OECD member governments;
    2. The Bank of Japan does not impose foreign exchange controls. Consequently, both residents and non-residents can i) open and maintain corporate bank accounts and ii) transfer funds outside of Japan without restrictions;
    3. Japan is one of the few countries to adopt negative interest rates. The policy was adopted in early 2016 to booster Japan’s stagnating economic growth through the provision of cheap loans.
  • Healy Consultants Banking Services

    1. Healy Consultants will be pleased to assist our Client with opening a corporate bank account in Japan. Please contact our Firm at +65 6735 0120 or email us at email@healyconsultants.com for more information;
    2. To find out more about the procedure, do check out the following global banking page.

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For additional information on our corporate banking services in Japan, please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Chrissi Zamora, directly:
client relationship officer - Chrissi