Requirements for the “Business Manager” status of residence have been relaxed for foreign managers of Japanese subsidiaries or branches of foreign companies using coworking spaces or shared offices. Coworking space is now considered to be an exclusive office space if they have received JETRO’s support with their investment projects and as long as certain conditions are met.

In response to changing work styles and the emergence of more flexible and diverse office environments, the number of companies working in coworking spaces is now increasing. Under the Personal Advisors System for Foreign Companies, JETRO relayed to the government requests from foreign companies to recognize coworking spaces, etc. as office space that meets the requirement for acquiring the status of residence as “Business Manager”. After discussions and examinations, the ministries approved this special measure with these main conditions:

  1. The company (except for foreign entrepreneurs) must have been supported by JETRO with investment projects in Japan.
  2. The application must be submitted within three years of the establishment of the Japanese subsidiary/branch. (The date of the establishment is defined as that which is declared on the certificate on registered company information.)
  3. The location of the registered office must be the coworking space, etc. to be used as an office.
  4. Use of a certain space at the coworking space, etc. must be guaranteed during working hours of the period of use.
  5. If the date marking three years since the establishment of business in Japan is to arrive within a year, securement of the new office must be expected at the time of application.
  6. This special measure is applied to one person per company in principle.