Ohara Law Office

October 6, 2017

Can you withdraw a lawsuit in Japan?

A party that brings a lawsuit in Japan always has the opportunity to withdraw their claim before the defendant answers.  However, once the defendant has answered the claim, the lawsuit cannot be withdrawn without the defendant’s permission.
October 4, 2017

Is it possible to reapply for a Japanese visa immediately after an application is rejected?

In Japan, most visa applications that are immediately re-submitted after a denial will not be accepted by the Japanese immigration department.  This is because, if the applicant immediately reapplies, the circumstances that led to the denial of the first visa application are not likely to have changed.  Reviewing the same application for a second time would simply lead to the same result.  Therefore, applicants who have had their visa application denied generally wait for 6 months before reapplying.
October 2, 2017

When are Incoterms CRF and CIF terms used?

The Incoterms Cost and Freight (CFR) and Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) mean that the seller is then responsible for loading the products and paying any fees associated with the port and shipping.  Therefore, CFR and CIF are commonly used terms in purchase and sale agreements where the buyer has slightly more negotiating power than the seller.
September 29, 2017

What are the rules for paying employees?

Employees in Japan must be paid at least once per month and on a specified date.  The wage must also be at least the minimum wage guaranteed by the prefecture where the employee works.  Employers are allowed to deducted social insurance premiums, taxes and other expenses from an employee’s wages.  Wages may be deposited directly into an employee’s bank account with the employee’s approval.