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  • November 28, 2016

5 Things To Consider Before Printing in Japan With Japanese Printing Companies

Printing in Japan can be a frightening experience for anyone doing business outside of their own country, but fear not, this country has one of the most stable business environments within Asia. Although to further ensure your buying journey goes smoothly, I have written 5 simple tips to keep in mind when searching around for printing companies in Japan:

1.) Communication

The English of most customer service representatives will be very understandable, aside from occasional grammatical errors in either emails or during phone calls, The most important thing is to make sure that you are well-informed,have all of your questions answered, and the staff understands completely what you are requesting.

2.) Always Negotiate

Do not feel bad about asking various Japanese printing companies about this. It is okay to negotiate with the price quotation when shopping around. A win-win situation is important for both sides involved.

3.) Turnaround time  

When an order is processed, it will move quite quickly, especially for deliveries. Same-day deliveries are usually possible if the supplier has the material available and clearly understands the client’s request. Although most orders typically can take between 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the order size and submission date.

Read ‘How to get your order processed quickly at Japanese printing companies’

4.) Payment Method

International wire transfers are often a popular form of payment for printing companies, but nowadays there shouldn’t be a problem for accepting major credit cards.

5.) Businesses in Japan

An additional way to assess if a Japanese printing company is an actual business is if it is registered as a Godo Kaisha (Limited Liability Company) or Kabushiki-Kaisha ( Joint-Stock Company).Visit any Japanese company’s online profile in either Japanese or in English to see it’s registration. Below is a table of commonly used Japanese terms applied in company profiles.

会社概要 Company Profile
社名 Company Name
英名 English Name
合同会社 Godo Kaisha (Limited Liability Company)
株式会社 Kabushiki Kaisha (Joint-Stock Company or Corporation)
事業内容 Line of Business
設立 Founding Date
代表者 Representatives
資本金 Capital
本社所在地 Company Address
従業員数 Headcount
主なグループ企業 Major Group Companies


Now let’s take a look at Softbank Mobile’s profile in Japanese:


Company Profile of a Credible Japanese Company

 Softbank’s profile is about same in either English or Japanese, but I usually look at the Japanese profile just to further confirm what kind of entity it is set up as. Most Japanese will not consider doing business with companies that aren’t either a Kabushiki Kaisha or Godo Kaisha. Another requirement for them is that the business must be Japan-based, so having an address with directions is also standard practice as you can see highlighted above.  

I also have never seen a single business’s website without one. Therefore keep this in mind as a future reference when researching companies in Japan.For additional information about the difference between a Godo Kaisha and Kabushiki Kaisha, go here:

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