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Meet 10 foreign-national business professionals enjoying success in Japan.

An ambitious new crop of entrepreneurs are discovering that Japan means business – and it’s a great place to put down roots. Here we meet a clutch of foreign nationals forging successful careers in hospitality, design, research and engineering in Sapporo, Tokyo, Fukuoka and beyond. Hear from savvy businesspeople charmed by Japan’s enviable quality of life and learn how they have built new lives around fulfulling careers.

JAPAN
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

WITH OPEN ARMS

Newcomers to Japan are attracted to the great quality of life that the country offers, taking advantage of start-up visas in national strategic special zones to begin exciting new ventures. Highly skilled foreign professionals are grabbing opportunities thanks to a points-based system that tallies likely success stories and innovative outfits in the making. Read on to see why Japan means business – and how the number of workers from abroad has increased from half a million in 2008 to 1.28 million in 2017.

  • 02HIROSHIMA
  • 03FUKUOKA
  • 04SAPPORO
  • 05TOKYO
  • 06KYOTO
  • 07TSUKUBA
  • 08OITA
  • 01TOKYO