Ohara Law Office

September 27, 2017

Are there any criminal penalties for copyright infringement in Japan?

Most owners of copyrights will be interested in the civil penalties associated with unjust enrichment based upon their work.  However, Japanese law also authorizes criminal penalties in certain circumstances of copyright infringement.
September 25, 2017

Can spouses always claim part of an estate in Japan?

Even if a deceased writes a will that excludes a spouse or child, under Japanese law, a spouse can almost always claim a portion of the estate by right.  This portion may not be as large as the spouse would have received if there had been no will at all, but this provision is meant to ensure that spouses will always receive something upon the death of their partner.
September 22, 2017

What parties are involved in performing a corporate reorganization in Japan?

When a company undergoes corporate reorganization to stabilize its business and avoid bankruptcy, two key officials will be appointed by the court to oversee the process: a Trustee and an Examiner.
September 20, 2017

How long can you prevent acceptance of a divorce registration in Japan?

Spouses who are worried that their partner might file a fraudulent divorce registration in Japan can file a Non-Acceptance of Notification of Divorce (rikon fujuri moshidesho 離婚不受理申出書) in order to prevent acceptance of a divorce form.  While this non-acceptance used to only last for 6 months, in 2008 the law was changed to allow such non-acceptance to be valid until withdrawn by the submitting spouse.