One­stop solution for doing business in Japan for Non­-Japanese speakers / Accounting・Tax filing・International tax consulting.

Incorporation in Japan / VISA Application

If you are planning to set up any entity in Japan, firstly you need to choose appropriate business type of entity, such as a Representative office, Branch, or Company (Kabushiki Kaisha “KK” / Godo Kaisha”GK” and so on). We advise which type is best for your business. Once you decide the type, our one-stop solution for incorporation and VISA application is also available.

Bookkeeping / Reporting Package Services

We provide bookkeeping and reporting package services.
These services can be customized based on needs of our clients.
For instance, if you have to use specific accounting system (i.e. SAP, Netsuit) for bookkeeping, we can use it based on manual. Also, if monthly / quarterly / annually reporting package in English to your head office (i.e.Foreign parent company)is required, we can also support them by using specific form prepared by clients. Of course, we can attend the conference call with parent company, if necessary.

Payroll Services

For local employees and/or directors who are working for Japanese entity, we provide payroll services, such as calculation of monthly payroll (including calculation of withholding income tax, social insurance and labor insurance etc.) and preparation for payment slips distributed to local employees and/or directors.

Payment Services

We also provide payment services.
In case that our clients do not have enough local staff for office routine work, we can do monthly payments to each vendor, including payroll and expense reimbursement to local employees and/or directors on behalf of our clients.

Preparation and Filing of Corporate Tax Returns

We provide corporate tax compliance services, such as preparation and filing ofcorporate tax returns.
Although Japanese tax returns have to be prepared in Japanese, we explain to our clients in plain English about the detail for the tax matters.

Preparation and Filing of Individual Income Tax Returns

For expatriates and proprietors in Japan, we prepare the required individual income tax return. Non-resident owners of real estate in Japan are also required for filing of individual or corporate income tax returns in Japan. We provide one-stop support for such owners. Please check the detail below For Non-resident owner of real estate in Japan

International Tax Consulting Services

For multinational companies and international investors / entrepreneurs, we provide international tax consulting services as below.

Examples of consultation:
Investigation for the treatment of tax treaty
Proposal of business structure from the viewpoint of international tax
Tax advice for Permanent establishment “PE”
Tax risk analysis for International group restructuring
Second opinion for specific business structure regarding tax risk

For Non-Resident Owner of Property in Japan

For Non-resident owner of property such as real estate in Japan, we provide one-stop solution for such owners. We support the necessary procedures in Japan at each phase from purchase to sale. At purchase phase, we provide the professional advice about the appropriate scheme for investments, that is, whether owner should directly purchase the real estate in Japan, orshould purchase through company incorporated in Japan. For rent income after purchase, we provide local tax compliance services, such as tax agent, preparation and filing of necessary tax returns in Japan. We also support tax filing at the point of sale.

Other Personalized Services

We provide personalized services based on our client’s request. For example, in case tax returns for both company and individual are required, we advise best allocation of profits, that is, best balance of director’s fee and company’s profit. For any complicated tax matter, we propose personalized services based on your request.

Client Testimonial

Dr. Dirk Heinrich Neumann / JADEA K.K. CEO

With company headquarters in Berlin, San Diego and Tokyo, I can highly recommend the services by Shimada-san. He and his company work on solutions that were always suited to my company needs in Japan. Having a one-stop solution platform in Japan is very valuable and the friendly staff handles company matter bilingually. From a business standpoint, Japan has gotten more attractive over the past few years and requires companies to adapt fast in order to benefit from these changes. Transparent fee structures as well as knowledgeable staff make him a good and recommendable partner in Japan.

Wayne Baxter / Representative of Wayne’s English school

I have used Shimada and Associates services for help with my taxes for the last couple of years. 
The service is very good. I always received a reply within minutes whenever I had questions and queries. They always provided me with clear explanations and every matter is handled smoothly. Dealing with Shimada & Associates is very reassuring as I know I can hand everything over to them and there are no problems. I highly recommend this company. 

James Chie / Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Head of a Multinational Corporate Banking Division in Singapore

I highly recommend Shimada and Associates as a highly qualified accountant for both individuals and businesses. This past year, I was looking for a highly qualified english speaking accountant who would be able to handle my complex real estate related tax matters in Japan. Thankfully I was referred to Shimada and Associates as they not only had an office in Japan, but also was conveniently located in downtown Singapore where I currently reside.
Shimada was extremely professional and answered quickly and coherently every question I had regarding tax matters for myself and my entire real estate investor group. Shimada and his team expeditiously handled every inquiry presented, while recommending the most optimal solution regarding my tax filing. As a result we were all extremely pleased at how smooth the tax filing process ended up, and found Shimada to be extremely transparent. We are excited to continue using Shimada and Associates as our tax accountant given their depth and understanding of Japanese accounting rules and doing so at a very reasonable cost.

Susan Spann / Author of The Hiro Hattori Novel

Shimada & Associates provides prompt, detailed service that makes filing my taxes easy. I recommend them to everyone who needs to file taxes in Japan.

As an American with income both inside and outside Japan, I was worried about filing Japanese taxes. Shimada & Associates made the process easy. Now, with their expert help, my taxes are always finished properly and on time.

Kota Shimada takes the fear out of filing taxes in Japan. Whether you have foreign income, Japanese income, or a combination of the two, Shimada & Associates can prepare and file your Japanese taxes promptly and efficiently—they make the process easy.

I am so glad I found Shimada & Associates. Their prompt, professional services make me confident that my Japanese taxes are prepared and filed properly every year—and they make the process easy.

Shimada & Associates takes the guesswork out of filing taxes in Japan. From proper reporting of foreign income to deductions like furusato nozei, their professionalism and experience makes the process easy. I recommend them to anyone who needs to file taxes in Japan.

Varden Vadiveloo / Stylus Japan K.K. / Finance Director (Stylus Media Group)

We have been working with Kota Shimada for almost one year and have been very impressed by his expertise and understanding of our business. We have always received professional and expert advice regarding our accounts, payroll and tax matters. Kota always responds very quickly to emails despite working in different time zones. I would recommend Shimada & Associates to anyone looking for exceptional accounting support services in Japan.