Can the existence of a representative office be confirmed through public documents?
★ Explanation ★
Compared to a “Japan subsidiary” and “Japan branch office” (both registered entities in accordance with Japanese law), a representative office in Japan does not undergo a registration process. The lack of any certified copy of register means no public document can verify whether or not such representative office exists. As a result, compared to other forms of business expansion in Japan (such as the subsidiary or branch office), it is difficult for a representative office to gain credibility.