How to open a restaurant ( Inshokuten ) in Japan ( restaurant business permit

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How to open Restaurant, cafe in Japan

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1 Government’s permit is necessary

2 Necessary documents, equipment to get this permit.

3 I will assist you to get this license

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Restaurant business permit

If you want to start a restaurant, cafe ( Inshokuten = 飲食店, food shop ) in Japan, you need to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ).

And in order to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ), you need to know about relevant laws.

If you want to operate a hotel in Japan and serve meals to your guests, you also need to know about this information.

If you are living in detached house, as far as you can prepare necessary equipment (sinks, water heater etc), you can get cafe, restaurant business permit with your house.

You can obtain this license even without incorporation of company in Japan. You can be sole proprietor.

Which is better to operate business by company or sole proprietor⇒

 

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Chef license is not necessary

In Japan, if you want to get restaurant business permit ( Inshokuten eigyou kyoka = 飲食店営業許可 ), necessary qualification is as below.

Food sanitation supervisor 食品衛生責任者 =しょくひんえいせいせきにんしゃ Public health care ( hokenjo ) center has authority
Fire prevention manager 防火管理者 = ぼうかかんりしゃ Local fire department ( Shoubou sho ) has authority

So, you can operate restaurant business without chef license (調理師免許 = chourishi menkyo ).

As for Food sanitation supervisor (食品衛生責任者 )

In the case you operate restaurant business, you need to appoint food sanitation supervisor.

This is a person in charge of sanitation, hygiene, food safety of your restaurant.

You need to appoint a Food sanitation supervisor at each restaurant.

When you appoint Food sanitation supervisor, you need to file the appointment with local health care center.

In the case you become Food sanitation supervisor, you need to take a lecture conducted by authority concerned.

As for details of Food sanitation supervisor⇒

Depeding on size of your restaurant, you need to appoint Fire Prevention manager⇒

When you or your employee have obtained necessary license mentioned above , you can prepare necessary documents and facilities, equipments.

These licenses are one of necessary documents to make application for restaurant business permit.

Other necessary documents to get food business license in Japan ⇒

Necessary days to get food business license

It it better that you  submit necessary documents to obtain restaurant business permit to public health care center about 10 days prior to completion of construction of your facility.

If you submit necessary documents 1 months prior to completion of construction, officers need to wait for completion of your facility for several weeks.

If you submit necessary documents 3 days prior to completion of construction, officer can not come to your office after several days of completion of construction. Then, it will hold off commencement of your operation.

You cannot submit necessary papers by post, but you need to go to local public health care office.

After you have submitted necessary documents to health care center, officer of health care center comes to your office to inspect facility.
( Within 10 days after your application )

Then, if office does not find any problem in your facility, equipments, documents, public health care center ( Hokenjo ) will issue certificate
( It will be issued within 10 days after their inspection ).

How to fill in application form to get food business permit ⇒

Range of restaurant business permit

And now you can start your restaurant business in Japan.

Once you have obtained restaurant business permit, you can manage following business.

Selling Bento, lunch box Bar (Until 12:00 midnight)
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However, you cannot operate following business with restaurant business permit.

Bake sweet bun Selling raw fish, meat
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As for bar, you can not provide alcohol after 12 pm midnight.

In order to provide it, you need to submit Notification of commencement of business that provides alcohol during midnight.
( 深夜における酒類提供飲食店営業営業開始届出書 ).

In order to sell unprocessed raw fish, meat, you need to obtain other license.
( 魚介類販売業, 食肉販売業 )

However, you can provide Sashimi ( sell picture ) at your restaurant without other license of 魚介類販売業, 食肉販売業.
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When you want to operate hostess bar with female companions, you need to obtain other license below. ( Named ” Fuuzoku eigyou kyoka “)

Necessary equipment to operate restaurant business in Japan.

In order to operate restaurant business in Japan, your facility needs to be equipped with necessary equipment.

 

You can find list of necessary equipment in this drawing ⇒

 

So, before you order your interior decorator, you need to consult with officer of public health care center.
( Of course, if you order me, I can be of your interpreter. )

Public health care center that has jurisdiction over your restaurant is enacted.
So, you need to consult with them in advance.

When you visit Hokenjo, you need to bring drawing of your restaurant.。

If you have already ordered interior decorator, they will provide you drawing map.

In the case a foreign national operates restaurant business in Japan, you need to obtain necessary status of residence in Japan.

Authority concerned with  starting restaurant business in Japan

Depending on details of your business plan, you need to obtain several permit from several authorities.

(Public health center, Fire department, Police department, Tax office, Labor standard inspection bureau, social insurance office)
As for details, you can refer to this page⇒

Authority : Public health center

Name of process object timing of application

( hokenjo )Application for permit of restaurant business (shokuhin eigyou kyoka shinsei)    
all restaurant 10 days prior to completion of restaurant

Authority : Fire department

Notification of appointment of fire prevention manager
(防火管理者選任届)   
Restaurant with capacity of 30 or more    Prior to commencement of operation of business
Notification of commencement of usage of specified facility
( 防火対象設備使用開始届 )
In the case, you use a part of building. 7 days prior to usage.
Notification of commencement of usage of equipment relating to fire.
( 火を使用する設備等の設置届 )  
 In the case you use fire in your facility.    Prior to establishment of equipment

.
Authority : Police department

Notification of commencement of business that provides alcohol during midnight
( 深夜酒類提供飲食店営業開始届出書)   
In the case, your facility provide alcohol after 12 midnight.    10 days prior to commencement of operation.
Application for permit of Adult entertainment business( 風俗営業許可申請) In the case, your business involves entertainment of male guest.
(hostess bar with female companions )
2 months prior to commencement of operation.

Authority : Tax office

Notification of establishment of office
( 個人事業の開廃業等届出書 )   
In the case, you start your business as individual    within one month after commencement of operation.


Authority : Labor standard inspection bureau ( roudou kijun kantoku sho )

Application for labor insurance.    In the case, you hire employee    Within 10 days after you have hired employee.

Authority : 職業安定所

Public Employment Security Office
= 公共職業安定所
Application for employment insurance    In the case, you hire employee Within 10 days after you have hired employee

Authority : social insurance office = しゃかいほけんじむしょ

Application for social insurance In the case of legal entity : mandatory
Other than above : voluntary
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