(1) Purpose of this GuidebookAsset managers, who engage in asset management with professional expertise, play very important roles in revitalizing the Japanese capital market and achieving people’s stable asset building. For reaching these goals, It is crucial to facilitate the smooth entry of Financial Instruments Business Operators by reducing burdens on their entry into the Japanese financial market. Based on this viewpoint, “Follow-up on the Growth Strategy” (June 2019 Cabinet decision) proclaims preparation of a guidebook to support registration application for financial industry as one of the growth strategies.
Under these circumstances, this Guidebook has been released for the purpose of providing information concerning the procedures for registration for Investment Management Business and other Financial Instruments Businesses.
(2) Structure and How to Use this GuidebookThe main contents of this Guidebook are section 2. “Major Financial Instruments Business Schemes and Necessary Registration” and section 3. “Registration Screening Procedure and Registration Requirements” . Section 2 explains the types of registration to be required for each of the major business schemes related to asset management business, while section 3 provides an overview of the procedure for registration screening and explains the requirements for registration.
First, please refer to section 2 whether and what type of registration as a Financial Instruments Business Operator is necessary. Then go to section 3 to find out the screening procedure and registration requirements for the necessary type of registration.
In addition, Section 4, "Specially Permitted Business for Foreign Investors, etc./Specially Permitted Business during Transition Period" provides an explanation of the entry system with simplified procedures (notification) that was newly established in November 2021.
Supplementary explanations on the FIEA (classification of Financial Instruments Businesses, major exemptions from application, classification of investors), along with other reference information, are provided at the end of this Guidebook.
Laws and Regulations, Guideline for Supervision
Note: Information in the web pages of the links above or the other links provided in this Guidebook may not reflect the latest
information including all the revisions or amendments to the relevant laws and regulations.
- Laws & RegulationsPage list Open
- Name of Laws and Regulations(PDF)
- Financial Instruments and Exchange Act
- Recent Changes
- Public Comment
- Capital adequacy requirements (Basel framework)
- No-Action Letter System
- Procedures concerning Foreign Account Management Institutions
- PrinciplesPage list Open
- Strategic Directions and Priorities
- Progress and Assessment of the Strategic Directions and Priorities
- Policy Approaches to Strengthen Cyber Security in the Financial Sector
- Financial Monitoring Policy
- AnnouncementsPage list Open
- Press Conferences
- Press Releases
- Official Statements
- Disaster-related Information (Support for Disaster Victims)
InstitutionsPage list Open
- List of Institutions
- For those engaging in High Speed Trading
- To Operators of Specially Permitted Businesses for Qualified Institutional Investors, etc.