The representative office is established as a base for carrying out preparatory and auxiliary activities for a foreign company to conduct full-scale business activities in Japan.

It can conduct market research, information gathering, purchase of goods, advertising, etc., but cannot engage in direct sales activities.

The establishment of a representative office does not require registration.

It is not possible to open a bank account or lease real estate in the name of a representative office.

In principle, the visa for a representative who works at the representative office is an "intra-company transfer" visa, which does not entitle the holder to a Business Manager Visa.