Franchise opportunities in Japan

Attractiveness of Japan for the development of franchise business

Japan has one of the most powerful economies in the world due to high achievements in the technological sector. The population is 127.25 million people and more than half of them live in urban areas. The main cities are Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo. The household net adjusted disposable income per capita is $27,323.   

A fun fact about starting a franchise in Japan is that franchisors hit the capital first. There is a belief that if you have managed to establish a business in Tokyo, you can do it anywhere in Japan. There are also no special franchise laws that limit franchise activities.     

A good benefit for owning a franchise in Japan is certainly the workforce. Japanese work 48 hours a week without overtime pay and are very qualified, responsible and committed to their jobs.

With 1,305 franchise types and annual turnover of $198 billion, Japan franchise business ranks the second largest in the world. 260,992 chain stores and outlets are selling goods and services in the country. The main franchise industries are retail, health and fitness, food service sector, care-related businesses and education. The most popular type of Japanese franchising is convenience stores; they generate 42.7% of the total turnover.     

Looking at the franchise market share one can see that the USA and UK are highly represented by their brands in Japan, there are also franchise outlets from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, etc.

Initial franchise fee constitutes something average between $20,000 and $50,000.

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Indicators of Japanese Business Market

  • Capital: Tokyo

  • Currency: Yen (¥)

  • Education Index (2013): 0.808

  • Official languages: Japanese

  • Per capita GDP (PPP): $42,860

  • Quality-of-life index (0-10): 7.08

  • Population: 126.43 mln

  • Total GDP (PPP): $5.420 trillion

  • Ease of Doing Business Ranking, Rank: 34

  • Gini: 37.6

  • Human Development Index (HDI): 0.903

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List of franchises for sale in Japan

Tapout Fitness franchise
Tapout Fitness - martial arts franchise Investment from $130,000
Southern Fried Chicken franchise
Southern Fried Chicken - restaurant franchise Investment from $322,850
RAMEN IROHA franchise
RAMEN IROHA - Ramen shop franchise Investment from $45,000
BNI franchise
BNI - Business Network International Franchise Investment from $65,000
9ROUND franchise
9ROUND - kickbox fitness centers franchise Investment from $
Nutty Scientists franchise
Nutty Scientists - spectacular interactive activities franchise Investment from $45,000
Jour franchise
Jour - healthy restaurant chain franchise Investment from $336,942
al Mamà Bistrot franchise
al Mamà Bistrot - restaurant franchise Investment from $135,000
Dietplus franchise
Dietplus - healthcare coaching franchise Investment from $56,000
Danube Home franchise
Danube Home - furniture & home accessory franchise Investment from $400,000
DetailCar franchise
DetailCar - waterless carwash franchise Investment from $9,960
KIO DA franchise
KIO DA - retail shops chain franchise Investment from $139,000
Funtopia franchise
Funtopia - family entertainment centers franchise Investment from $629,674
Los Pollos franchise
Los Pollos - chicken barbecue franchise Investment from $175,980
TUCANO COFFEE franchise
TUCANO COFFEE - coffee shop franchise Investment from $84,600
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