I am considering on starting a business and renting a virtual office (with rent costing me 10,000 Japanese yen monthly as stipulated in the lease contract). Would it still be possible for me to be issued a Business Manager visa?
★ Explanation ★
Virtual offices (among others) are not considered a business office when applying for the Business Manager residence status in Japan.
The General Rules of the Japan Standard Industrial Classification has defined “Establishment” in Section 2 of the same document as follows:
Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Even if there is a lease contract available, there is still a need to confirm whether the purpose of the leased property is for the business (such as a store or an office). Additionally, if there is a difference between the purpose indicated in the lease agreement and the purpose of the business, the application may be denied.
As for the lease period, a length of 1 year or more is often sought for, rather than a short-term lease period that only guarantees the space for a number of months.