In evaluating your company's prospects in this highly globalized market, you may want to consider this assessment of Japan by the U.S. State Department: Its economy is highly efficient and competitive in areas linked to international trade, but productivity is far lower in protected areas, such as agriculture, distribution, and services.

Perhaps you're interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country's exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with Japanese companies, franchise or licensing opportunities or sales of your products and services in Japan. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this busy market.

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