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Internet cafe and Registration in Japan

Internet cafe and Registration in Japan

Registration with authority is necessary

In the case you operate internet café where some of customers can use private room like this sample, you need to register your business with authority(警察署). Because some persons try to commit crime by using computer in such space. (even if you operate restaurant, if there is a such space, you need to register your business with authority) However if your business is included in Hotel Inn, Lodge Business, this law is not applicable. When you operate Internet Café, you need to inspect customer’s ID (passport, resident card, driving license) and make specified customer register and keep it for 3 years. (However you can not copy of ID) If customers make fake declaration, he/she will be sentenced to fine of 200,000 yen or less.

Entertainment and amusement business

Moreover, if private room is completely lock room, your business may be included in entertainment and amusement business. So, you need to obtain permit from authority

You can accommodate your guest in Internet cafe, Manga kissa

Generally, when your guest stays in your real estate, your business is included in Hotel Business.

However, if your business is included in Internet cafe, Manga Kissa, you do not need to obtain hotel license.(風俗営業法).
If you operate Net Café, you will clean the room.
However as far as it is Net Café, you do not need to obtain Hotel Business License.

Difference between Internet cafe and Hotel business

Some customers will sleep at Internet café. However if you rent out only blanket, not bed, it is not linked to Hotel Business. (Assumed that you operate restaurant for 24 hours. Some customers will sleep at your restaurant. However, surely your business is not included in Hotel Business) In the case of Net Café, Customers will sleep on sofa or chair. So, your activity is not deemed as Hotel Business. Because you do not accommodate guests on purpose. Some net café provides flat space where customers can sprawl and use computer or real Comic Book. Then, the customers may doze on flat space. However as far as net café does not provide bed, it does not need to obtain hotel business license. Even if customers sleep in Net café, you do not receive hotel charge. But you only receive fee for provision of internet service. Customers can use computer and internet and read book, watch video. Then you will receive fee for such services. So, your activity is not deemed as Hotel Business.

Necessary process to Operate Internet cafe

By the way, if you operate Internet Cafe, depending on area, you need to submit notification to authority and need to abide by ordinance. Depending on area, your facility needs to satisfy several requirements relating to Amusement Business Act (風俗営業法). So, if you want to provide bed etc. to customers, you need to obtain hotel business license.

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