How long Should a President’s Term Be When Establishing a Company in Japan?

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In Japan, a director’s term of office is a registered item

Terms for roles like president or other directors are registered in Japan, allowing third parties to verify them. Registering this costs tens of thousands of yen for registration taxes and fees for judicial scriveners. If you neglect to renew the term, you may face penalties of tens of thousands of yen.


You can freely choose between one to ten years

The director’s term of office can be chosen freely from one to ten years.


Decide the director’s term based on the company’s situation

For a company wholly owned by the president as the shareholder, a ten-year term is recommended, considering registration costs and the risk of forgetting term renewals. However, if the company raises capital from external investors, circumstances may change; a term of two to five years might be more suitable.



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