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Posted 2nd October 2015

Setting up a Franchise Business in Japan

Japan is one of the more mature franchise markets and has fully embraced franchising as a means for business growth. Today, the statistics show continuing expansion of franchising in the country.

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Setting up a Franchise Business in Japan

Setting up a Franchise Business in Japan

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Japan is one of the more mature franchise markets and has fully embraced franchising as a means for business growth. With the increasing popularity of franchising by foreign franchisors in the 1970s, entry into the Japanese market via international franchising became common. Today, the statistics show continuing expansion of franchising in the country.

Today, in Japan, sales revenues by franchised businesses amounted to approximately JPY 23.5tn, an increase of 5.6% (approximately JPY 1.25tn) over the previous year, for the fourth consecutive year of positive growth.

Currently, franchises operate in various industries, among them the food industry (including restaurants, fast food chains and coffee shops), the retail industry (including convenience stores, drug stores and clothing shops) and the service industry (including hotels, private preparatory schools, entertainment facilities and fitness clubs).

In Japan, there is no specific franchise act, however, there are various rules governing franchise businesses in the country, which franchisors must comply with. For instance, when a franchisor intends to negotiate a franchise agreement with a prospective franchisee, the Small and Medium sized Retail Business Promotion Act obliges the franchisor to provide written documentation to the prospective franchisee describing the prescribed items and explaining the contents of the written documents.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s franchise practice team possesses in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to franchising, such as the Small and Medium sized Retail Business Promotion Act, the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolisation and Maintenance of Fair Trade (Antimonopoly Act), the Trademark Act, the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions.

Mr. Aoi Inoue regularly acts for overseas clients seeking to expand into Japan through international franchising. His support includes structuring, negotiating and drafting relevant documents such as international direct franchise agreements, international master franchise agreements and joint venture agreements. In addition, he supports clients by actively providing advice on legal issues and regulations relevant to franchising. Further, he has considerable expertise in handling franchise litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Mr. Inoue has been nominated for inclusion in the list of recognised franchise lawyers of the Who’s Who Legal: Japan 2013, 2014 and 2015 published by Law Business Research Limited.

Categories: Finance, Strategy


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