Through collaboration across PwC’s global network, our Japanese Business Network (JBN) provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of Japanese companies operating overseas.
The spread of COVID-19. Rising geopolitical risks. The environment surrounding our society and economy is changing at a dizzying pace. And as a result, Japanese and international business environments are becoming more and more uncertain. As Japanese companies work to expand overseas and to develop their overseas businesses, they face not only conventional challenges but also unprecedented issues. To address these issues, they need to take steps such as revising their expansion plans, reassigning workers and restructuring their global supply chains.
PwC has established the JBN (Japanese Business Network) to help these Japanese companies solve their problems. The JBN is headquartered in Japan, and includes experienced professionals (including native Japanese speakers) in 44 countries and regions around the world who work to support the business activities of Japanese companies. To do so, we provide services fine-tuned to the globalization needs of individual clients, taking local business practices and cultures into consideration. And through PwC’s global network consisting of 742 locations in 156 countries and regions with more than 295,000 members, we gather information and trends from each country to gain an accurate understanding of the world economy and provide clients with information that contributes to their business strategy.
Throughout the world, it is harder than ever these days to see the future. This uncertainty brings a host of challenges for Japanese companies doing business overseas. These challenges relate not only to accounting, auditing, tax, and immigration, but also to consulting issues such as market entry, incorporation, strategic decision making, local cybersecurity risks, systems, governance and operational improvements. In countries and regions where laws and regulations differ from Japan, companies also face deal-related issues such as cross-border M&A for inorganic growth, and forensic issues such as fraud investigation.
China is a high-demand destination for overseas business expansion. To help you launch a business in this growing market, a specialized team consisting of members from both Japan and China provide support from various perspectives, such as M&A, market expansion strategy, functional relocation, accounting and taxation.
Expansion into foreign markets is attractive, but such business development also poses difficulties. From managing quality and labour at production sites to improving the performance of newly acquired overseas subsidiaries, there can sometimes seem to be no end to such issues. Fraud and other governance-related issues at these subsidiaries are also a concern.
With our track record and knowledge, PwC's Global Business Recovery Team has supported the business recovery and performance improvement of many global companies. We provide support for overseas business recovery with our strategic thinking, financial and numerical expertise that has been strengthened through close collaboration with each entity in the PwC Japan Group, and local responsiveness that makes full use of PwC's overseas network.
As a general point of contact for financial governance of Japanese companies expanding overseas, we provide support for the management of overseas subsidiaries, globally consolidated business management, and audits on a global basis. Through close collaboration with overseas PwC offices, we also provide foreign subsidiaries of Japanese companies with detailed support to help resolve the practical challenges they face.
Meet our JBN (Japanese Business Network) representatives in countries around the world.
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Partner, International Tax
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.
Partner, International Tax
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.
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 intra-European investment.
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.
Japan Business Group Leader/Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Corporate Law
Germany and Japan have two of the strongest economies in the world, and relations between the two countries have never been so important. PwC’s combination of technical knowledge and industry-specific experience offers Japanese clients the strategic support necessary to bolster their business in Germany.
Dr. Uwe Hohage
Partner, Legal Tax
With a 150-year history, PwC Ireland is the largest professional services firm in the country, with 7 offices and over 2,000 staff members in multiple locations.
Kenneth Kai Siong Iek
Partner/Asian Country Program Leader, Assurance
Senior Manager, Assurance
A pro-business climate, a strategic location, a stable legislative system, a highly educated multilingual workforce and superior infrastructure are just some of the many advantages of doing business in the Netherlands.
As one of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Russia represents one of the world’s most conspicuous growth markets. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts the Russian economy will grow by 7.5% annually for the next five years.
In the past five years, Japan’s foreign direct investment position in South Africa has grown impressively at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 24%. 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.
Sitting between the Alps and the Jura mountain range, in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a geographically small (roughly 41,300 square kilometres), but economically powerful country.
The Turkish economy, the 13th largest economy in the world and 6th largest in Europe (in terms of purchasing power parity), posted positive growth over the last two decades, except for during a local crisis in 2001 crisis and the global crisis in late 2008 and 2009.
PwC Australia is one of the leading professional services firms in Australia, 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.
Thailand is a traditional hub for Japanese investment in Southeast Asia. The country represented about 12% of Japan’s foreign direct investment (FDI) stock in the region in 2012, and has received about 9% of yearly FDI flows to Asia for the past five years.
China is Japan’s second largest destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) after the US, representing 11% of Japan’s total global FDI flows. FDI flows from Japan reached $93.2 billion in 2012, as much as all ASEAN countries combined.
Partner, PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong Japanese Business Markets Leader
Hong Kong Lead Partner
South China Lead Partner
Hong Kong Lead Partner
PwC Japan’s India Business Desk, with offices in Tokyo and Nagoya, is composed of a total of eight professionals with extensive experience in both Japan and India. Three expatriates from PwC Japan are currently seconded to PwC India.
In 2012, Indonesia received $3.8 billion in Japanese investment, roughly 3% of Japan’s total global foreign direct investment (FDI) flow. The country currently holds about 6% of Japanese FDI stock in Asia.
PwC Malaysia is a professional firm with more than 2,500 staff members including approximately 100 directors and 400 managers. PwC Malaysia has 6 offices nationwide in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor Bahru and Labuan.
Partner, Assurance, Accounting advisory/corporate restructuring advisory
Like other ASEAN member countries, the Philippines are a major destination for global investment. Foreign direct investment (FDI) stock, 35% of which is from Japan, represents one tenth of the value of the Philippines’ GDP, and in 2012 alone, $731 million flowed inward.
Partner/Japan Service Desk Leader, Deals
PwC Vietnam provides various services to Japanese businesses in Vietnam. Japan specialists are based in both the 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.
Nguyen Huong Giang
Partner, US Inbound Services Leader
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.
Partner, US Inbound Services Leader
Japan-Canada Leader/Partner, Accounting/Advisory Services
The PwC global network, which includes 742 offices in 155 countries worldwide, also serves clients in Latin America. At each of our Latin American firms and offices, our professionals in various fields provide services tailored to local and foreign companies, including Japanese companies.
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