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Japan Unveils Angel Investor Visa to Fuel Startup Growth

In a strategic move to invigorate its startup ecosystem, Japan has announced the launch of an Angel Investor Visa program set to commence in the upcoming fiscal year, starting April. The initiative aims to attract foreign investors willing to commit to Japan’s economic development.

Key Features of the Program:

Extended Residency: Offering up to five years of residency, the program provides a generous timeframe for investors to immerse themselves in Japan’s business landscape and contribute to its growth.

Strategic Focus: Targeting 13 specific national strategic zones, the program aligns with Japan’s vision for innovation and economic advancement in key sectors.

Stringent Criteria: Eligibility for the visa hinges on rigorous assessment criteria, including investment proposals, past performance evaluations, and financial asset scrutiny, ensuring the quality of investors entering the program.

Empowering Startup Ecosystem:

A core aspect of the program involves active participation from investors in guiding and mentoring startups, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within Japan.

Learning from Global Models:

Japan seeks to draw insights from successful investor visa programs globally, incorporating best practices while remaining cautious of past challenges faced by other nations.

Addressing Venture Capital Disparity:

While Japan has seen a rise in venture capital investment in recent years, it still lags behind global leaders like the United States. The Angel Investor Visa aims to bridge this gap by attracting capital and expertise to Japan’s startup scene.

Growing Foreign Investor Presence:

Recent data indicates a notable increase in the number of foreign nationals residing in Japan under business management status, reflecting growing international interest in Japan’s business opportunities.


With the introduction of the Angel Investor Visa, Japan demonstrates its commitment to fostering innovation and economic growth through strategic investment. By providing a conducive environment for angel investors, Japan aims to position itself as a leading destination for entrepreneurial ventures, driving prosperity and technological advancement.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

22nd March, 2024

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