Establishing a branch office is different from a subsidiary in that the branch office is part of the same overseas entity (the head office), whereas the subsidiary is a separate entity in Japan. Both structures are taxable in Japan, and it is also possible to obtain work visas for employees through both of these entities.
The largest difference will be whether you want a separate, local Japanese company or not. For example, some of our clients find it easier to do business in Japan as a local entity rather than a branch office of a foreign company, simply because their counterparties and customers are more comfortable with this. Others find it easier to operate as a branch office, because the members of the head office are more familiar with the governance and operations of a branch office.
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