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Cross-border tax advice in Japan

Japan is the third largest global economy by GDP and is home to many of the world's leading manufacturers and technology businesses.

Japan’s high net worth community is one of the world’s most dynamic, with nearly 1,250,000 millionaire households.

We opened a Tokyo office in 2015, operating as Withers Japan, Zeirishi Houjin. The practice assists our clients with Japanese and cross-border tax matters and works closely with colleagues in Asia and across our global office network to provide comprehensive international corporate tax advice.

  • Withers Japan, Zeirishi Houjin is a separate but affiliated entity to Withers

25 October 2018 - Events

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Japan national tax firm of the year

Leading firm - Band 1 for tax: International under Japan

Meet the team


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Track record

Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer

Advised a Japan-based pharmaceutical manufacturer on the IP and regulatory aspects in Singapore of its acquisition of a portfolio of over-the-counter drugs in Asia.

Japanese electronics company in acquisition of intellectual property estate

Advised a leading Japanese electronics company in acquisition of the worldwide intellectual property estate of a distressed multinational company that had acted as a major component supplier in the past.

Major Japanese fashion brand

Advised a high profile fashion house on tax issues relating to the opening of a branch in Italy.

Joint venture for establishment of chain of wine bars in US, Europe, and Japan

We advised a leading Italian and international wine producer in a joint venture with a leading Italian food brand for the establishment of a chain of wine bars in the US, Europe, and Japan through a combination of owner-managed and franchise units.

Mistaken identity in personal injury case

Withers worked to successfully dismiss an action filed in California against a Japanese citizen in the United States. The action mistakenly named the citizen in a U.S. personal injury matter, although the intended party was a person of the same name.

Leading Japanese conglomerate

We advised a leading Japanese conglomerate in its minority investment in a Singapore limited exempt private company and its US, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and European subsidiaries.