Japanese Business Network - Supporting overseas business

PwC’s Japanese Business Network (JBN) provides a wide range of services that meet the needs of clients, through PwC's global network.

The environment surrounding the world, including COVID-19, is changing dramatically day by day.  Although Japanese companies are flexibly responding to these changes, due to the increasing uncertainty of the future, they still face many challenges, such as intensifying competition and the necessity for operational optimization.

As the environment surrounding the world's societies and economies changes rapidly due to COVID-19 and the rising geopolitical risk, uncertainty surrounding domestic and overseas business is increasing. While Japanese companies expand their overseas businesses under such circumstances, they are facing more complicated and difficult challenges than ever before, such as reviewing the expansion plan itself, relocating expatriates, and rebuilding the global supply chain.

PwC organizes JBN (Japanese Business Network) to help these Japanese companies solve their problems. With the headquarters in Japan, our experts in various fields (including Japanese members) are posted in 80 countries and regions around the world to support the Japanese companies in doing business, by providing services fine-tuned to the globalization needs of individual clients, taking local business practices and culture into consideration. And through PwC’s global network at 742 locations in 157 countries with more than 284,000 members, we gather information and trends from each country to accurately grasp the situation of the world economy and provide clients with information that contributes to their business strategy.

PwC’s Approach and Solution for Overseas Business

In a situation where it is globally difficult to look ahead to the future, Japanese companies are facing various challenges in their overseas business. It is not only for Accounting/Auditing, Tax or Immigration, but also for Consulting topics such as market entry, incorporation, strategic decision making, local cyber risk, system, governance, and operational optimization.  Moreover, under the environment where law and regulation is different from Japan, companies also have to respond to Deal topics such as cross-border M&A for inorganic growth, and Forensic topics such as fraud investigation.

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Other Services

Support for business in China

When developing a business in China, which is still in high demand as an overseas business expansion destination, a specialized team from both Japan and China will support the business from all perspectives such as M&A, market expansion strategy, optimal function relocation, as well as accounting and taxation.

Japanese Business Desk (China)

中国ビジネス 進出支援

Global Business Recovery Team

While foreign markets are attractive, they can also pose various difficulties in developing business. There is no end to topics such as the confusion caused by quality and labor management at the production site, and the poor performance of overseas subsidiaries incorporated by the acquisition. In addition, many issues related to governance such as fraud at overseas subsidiaries have come to the fore.

PwC's Global Business Recovery Team has a track record and knowledge that has supported the business recovery and performance improvement of many global companies, and we support the recovery of overseas business with our strategic thinking, financial/numeral expertise that has been strengthened through close collaboration with each entity of PwC Japan Group, and local responsiveness that makes full use of PwC's overseas network.

海外事業 再生チーム

Support for Financial Governance of Japanese Companies Expanding Overseas

As a general window for financial governance of Japanese companies expanding overseas, we support management of overseas subsidiaries, global consolidated business management, and audits on a global basis. Through close collaboration with overseas PwC offices, we also provide foreign subsidiaries of Japanese companies detailed support to resolve their practical challenges faced.

海外財務 ガバナンスサポート

Overseas Business Support Contacts for Japanese company

Introducing JBN (Japanese Business Network) of countries around the world.
Select a region to see information for each country.

EMEA Region Leader

Kenji Muneyuki
Partner Assurance

Nick Woodford
Partner International Tax

UK

Our network in the UK brings together PwC professionals who are committed to working together and helping businesses involving Japan succeed. We assist Japanese companies with their business interests in the UK and around Europe, and we advise non-Japanese companies investing in Japan or trading with Japanese businesses.

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Country Leader

Nick Woodford
Partner International Tax

Akina Kozakai
Partner Deals

Belgium

For many years PwC has been advising companies and individuals on how to do business in Belgium. More than 1,400 people work for PwC Belgium based in four locations: Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Liege. 

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Country Leader

Steve Moriyama
Partner

Yoshinobu Yokoyama
Senior Manager

Czech

PwC has been operating in the Czech market since 1990. As one of the most stable and prosperous post-Communist states in Central Europe, the Czech Republic has become a popular destination for inter-European investment.

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Country Leader

Toshiyuki Yamasaki
Senior Manager

Hungary

PwC has been operating in the Hungarian market since 1989. Hungary’s central location makes it a favourite destination for foreign investors who intend to expand their operations in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Country Leader

Toshiyuki Yamasaki
Senior Manager

Ukraine

PwC has been operating in the Ukrainian market since 1993. The head office is based in Kyiv and three other offices are located in Donetsk, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk.

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Country Leader

Toshiyuki Yamasaki
Senior Manager

France

PwC France has more than 4,800 professional staff members well-qualified to represent the interests of both national and international clients in 24 offices.

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Country Leader

Gilles Semadeni
Japan Business Group Leader Partner Attorney-at-Law Corporate Law

Kazuna Inomata
Director Attorney-at-Law

Germany

Japanese FDI made up 4.6% of Germany’s inbound FDI in 2011 and almost doubled to $1.8 billion in 2012.

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Country Leader

Dr. Uwe Hohage
Partner Legal Tax

Fujimura-Hendel, Itsu
Director Assurance

Ireland

With a history of 150 years, PwC Ireland is the largest professional services firm in the country, with 7 offices and over 2,000 staff across the country.

Country Leader

Mary Honohan
Partner Tax

Italy

To meet the needs of Japanese companies in an increasingly international environment, PwC has established the Japanese Business Network (‘JBN’). The JBN is a network of bilingual and English speaking professional staff covering Europe, North America and Asia, who share an ultimate goal of helping Japanese businesses.

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Country Leader

Simone Marchio
Partner Tax

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has 137 banks, 3,949 investment funds (CSSF, Commission de Surveillance de Secteur Financier, as of November 2018) and a lot of holding companies in Europe.

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Country Leader

Kenneth Kai Siong Iek
Partner Asian Country Program Leader Assurance

Masafumi Saitoh
Senior Manager Assurance

Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the biggest destinations for Japanese FDI in Europe, investment balance as of end of 2012 and annual investment amount in 2012 were $94 billion and $8.6 billion, respectively. This investment amounted to 9% of global Japanese FDI flow in 2012 alone.

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Country Leader

Albert Brouwer
Partner Assurance

Poland

As a member state of the European Union, Poland benefits from a number of European trade agreements with Japan.

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Country Leader

Yasuyuki Saeki
Director

Russia

As one of the BRICs, Russia represents one of the world’s most conspicuous growth markets and the OECD predicts the Russian economy will grow by 7.5% annually for the next half decade.

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Country Leader

Masahiko Itoi
Director

South Africa

In the past five years, Japan’s foreign direct investment position in South Africa has grown impressively at a 24% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). As of the end of 2012, South Africa also represents more than one third of Japan’s outward investment stock in Africa as a whole.

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Country Leader

Simon Venables
Partner

Switzerland

Sitting between the Alps and Jura mountain ranges, in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a geographically small (roughly 41,300 square kilometers), but economically powerful country. 

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Country Leader

Erik Steiger
Partner Tax

Turkey

The Turkish economy, the 13th largest economy in the world and 6th biggest in Europe (in purchasing power parity [PPP] terms), posted a positive growth in the last two decades, except for the local 2001 crisis and the global crisis that was experienced in late 2008 and 2009.

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Country Leader

Bilgutay Yasar
Partner Tax

Ulas Ceylanli
Partner Tax

APAC Region Leader

Taizo Iwashima
Partner Deals

Jason Hayes
Partner Assurance

Australia

PwC Australia is one of the leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work.

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Country Leader

Jason Hayes
Partner Assurance

Masao Kamiyama
Partner Tax

Cambodia

FDI flows into Cambodia have spiked in the last decade and Japanese FDI to Cambodia went from $35 million in 2010 to $420 million in 2012.

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Country Leader

Atsushi Uozumi
Partner

Laos

Laos remains a relatively new investment partner for many developed countries, but worldwide FDI stock in Lao has increased more than tenfold since 2000.

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Country Leader

Atsushi Uozumi
Partner

Thailand

Thailand is a traditional hub of Japanese investment in South East Asia. The country held about 12% of Japan’s FDI stock in the region in 2012, and received about 9% of yearly FDI flows to Asia for the past five years.

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Country Leader

Atsushi Uozumi
Partner

China

China is Japan’s second largest destination for FDI after the US, representing 11% of Japan’s total global FDI flows reaching $93.2 billion in 2012, as much as all ASEAN countries combined.

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Country Leader

Tadatoshi Takahashi
Partner, PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong Japan Business Markets Leader

Yoshimitsu Shiba
South China and Hong Kong Lead Partner

Masafumi Yoshida
North China and Central China Lead Partner

Naoki Yamamoto
Partner PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong Japan Consulting Leader

Hong Kong

The stock of Japanese FDI in Hong Kong has more than tripled since 2005 and reached $18.4 billion in 2012, with annual flows increasing at a rate of 9% per year.

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Country Leader

Yoshimitsu Shiba
South China and Hong Kong Lead Partner

Naoki Yamamoto
Partner PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong Japan Consulting Leader

India

PwC Japan’s India Business Desk, offices in Tokyo and Nagoya, is composed of a total of 8 professionals, including Indian expatriates from India and Japanese who were assigned to PwC India in the past. And currently, there are 3 expatriates from PwC Japan in PwC India.

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Country Leader

Yoshihiro Shiribiki
Partner Assurance

Indonesia

In 2012, Indonesia received $3.8 billion in Japanese investment, roughly 3% of Japan’s total global FDI flows. The country currently holds about 6% of Japanese FDI stock in Asia.

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Country Leader

Shunsuke Wariishi
Partner

Malaysia

PwC Malaysia is the professional firm who has more than 2,500 staffs including approximately 100 directors and 400 managers. PwC Malaysia has 6 offices nationwide including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor Bahru and Labuan.

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Country Leader

Yuichi Sugiyama
Partner Assurance, Accounting advisory, Corporate restructuring advisory

Philippines

Like other ASEAN member countries, the Philippines are a major destination for global investment. FDI stock represents one tenth of the value of the Philippine’s GDP, 35% of which is from Japan – $731 million flowed inwards during 2012 alone.

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Country Leader

Kentaro Tojo
Executive Director

Singapore

Singapore is known for integrity, quality, reliability, productivity, rule of law, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, which are essential in the knowledge economy.

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Country Leader

Yasuhiro Hirabayashi
Partner Japan Service Desk Leader Deals

South Korea

With 3,366 experts in Korea, PwC Korea is the largest professional service firm of the country.

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Country Leader

Yong-Woon Kim
Partner Assurance

Jung-Il Joo
Partner Tax

Michitaka Harayama
Director Tax

Taiwan

PwC Taiwan JBD team has over 30 years of industry experience in delivering services to our valued clients.

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Country Leader

Kenji Okuda
Partner

Thomas Lee
Partner Tax

Vietnam

PwC Vietnam provides the following comprehensive services to Japanese businesses in Vietnam. The firm’s Japanese specialists are based in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offices, and offer one-stop-shop help-desk support that addresses key issues facing Japanese entrepreneurs doing business in Vietnam.

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Country Leader

Nguyen Huong Giang
Partner Tax

Shimpei Imai
Director Tax

Americas Region Leader

Wei Ku
Partner Assurance

Fentress Seagroves
Partner US Inbound Services Leader

USA

Japanese companies face a wide range of potential political, economic and financial issues when building subsidiaries in the US. Japanese-owned businesses have special needs that call for savvy professionals who are experienced in both Japanese and US compliance issues and business strategy.

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Country Leader

Fentress Seagroves
Partner US Inbound Services Leader

Brazil

In the past decade, Japan’s cumulative stock of foreign direct investment in Brazil has climbed substantially in the recent years. Many Japanese Multinational Companies became again interested in investing in Brazil, benefiting in several economic fields, i.e. manufacturing, agribusiness, foods, among others.

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Country Leader

Leonardo Dell'Oso
Partner

Hidenori Tohara
Senior Manager Certified Public Accountant

Canada

Japanese FDI stock in Canada reached $12.5 billion in 2012, with $3.8 billion flowing in during that year alone.

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Country Leader

David Whiteley
Japan Canada Leader Partner Accounting Advisory Services

Asako Kitamura-Redman
Partner Audit

Mexico

In Mexico, we have a strategic network of 21 offices and a total of 3,667 people, which enable comprehensive service delivery across the country. Our professional staffs always provide expert advice and offer the best solutions to our clients’ specific needs, with the ideal combination of sectorial knowledge and technical capacities.

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