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Japanese Business Network - Supporting your overseas business

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 155 countries and regions with more than 284,000 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.

PwC Japan’s support framework for Japanese companies doing business overseas

PwC’s approaches and solutions for Japanese companies doing business overseas

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.

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Challenge faced by Japanese compnies when expanding overseas

Other services

Support for business in China

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.

Japanese Business Desk (China)

Global Business Recovery Team

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.

Support for financial governance of Japanese companies expanding overseas

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.

Overseas points of contact for business support for Japanese companies

Meet our JBN (Japanese Business Network) representatives in countries around the world.
Select a region to see information for each country in that region.

EMEA region leaders

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 leaders

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 leaders

Steve Moriyama
Partner

Yoshinobu Yokoyama
Senior Manager

Czech Republic

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.

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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 French 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

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.

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Country leader

Dr. Uwe Hohage
Partner, Legal Tax

Itsu Fujimura-Hendel
Director, Assurance

Ireland

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.

Country leader

Mary Honohan
Partner, Tax

Italy

PwC Italy consists of around 7,300 experienced professionals in 26 offices, providing audit, deals, consulting and tax support to Japanese companies in Italy.

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Country leader

Simone Marchio
Partner, Tax

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has 137 banks, 3,949 investment funds (according to the CSSF (Commission de Surveillance de Secteur Financier), as of November 2018) and many 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

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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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Country leader

Simon Venables
Partner

Switzerland

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. 

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Country leader

Erik Steiger
Partner, Tax

Turkey

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.

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Country leader

Bilgutay Yasar
Partner, Tax

Ulas Ceylanli
Partner, Tax

APAC region leaders

Taizo Iwashima
Partner, Deals

Jason Hayes
Partner, Assurance

Australia

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.

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Country leader

Jason Hayes
Partner, Assurance

Masao Kamiyama
Partner, Tax

Cambodia

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flow to Cambodia has spiked in the last decade. 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 foreign direct investment in Laos has increased more than tenfold since 2000.

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Country leader

Atsushi Uozumi
Partner

Thailand

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.

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Country leader

Atsushi Uozumi
Partner

China

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.

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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

Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) stock 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, 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.

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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 foreign direct investment (FDI) flow. 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 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.

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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. 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.

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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 today’s knowledge economy.

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Country Leader

Yasuhiro Hirabayashi
Partner/Japan Service Desk Leader, Deals

Korea

With 3,366 professionals in Korea, PwC Korea is the largest professional service firm in 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’s Japan Business Desk 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 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.

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Country leader

Nguyen Huong Giang
Partner, Tax

Shimpei Imai
Director, Tax

Americas region leaders

Wei Ku
Partner Assurance

Fentress Seagroves
Partner, US Inbound Services Leader

US

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

Canada

Japanese foreign direct investment (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

Latin America

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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Country Leader(Brazil)

Leonardo Dell'Oso
Partner

Investment and tax guidance from around the world

Introducing the latest tax information and business guidance issued by PwC member firms for countries and regions around the world.

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各国・地域の投資 および税制ガイドブック

Reports from around the world

Introducing reports issued by PwC member firms for countries and regions around the world.

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各国・地域の 最新レポート

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