In 2009 I decided to quit my job as a salaried software engineer and go self employed. To this end I created Norisys, a one-man limited liability corporation. It was an opportunity to learn a little about how corporations work (and you have to admit it's cool to have your own company).
There are much easier ways to set up and run a company, and in fact if your goal is just to become self-employed you don't even need to do that, but I am taking the hands-on approach and doing everything myself. If you have to ask why, you won't understand :)
This website contains personal notes on various matters to do with creating and running a corporation in Japan. This does not in any way constitute advice, and the information here may be inaccurate or out-of-date. While I hope these pages will be of assistance to others as a starting point, if you decide to create your own corporation you must accept full responsibility.
Creating and operating a corporation is complicated, and there are many implicit requirements. Errors or ommisions may place you personally at legal and financial risk. I cannot accept liability for any damages that arise as a result of using material on this website or otherwise.
Please do not contact me with questions about your company.
Maybe you will find yourself thinking, "Great! Now that I have a company I can [some dodgy scheme]." Your eyes light up with yen signs. After all, what else is the point of total control?
They already thought of that. Whatever it is, somebody has probably tried it before, and as a result there is now a law in place to stop you. Make sure you check that what you want to do is legal - if your conscience is nagging at you, listen to it. You do not want to get on the wrong side of the Tax Man.