Ohara Law Office

September 19, 2017

Can witnesses appear by video conference in Japan?

While trials in Japan normally take place as close as possible to the location of witnesses and evidence, sometimes witnesses from far away locations must be consulted on some aspect of the trial.  However, having these witnesses come to the court from a faraway location is not always possible.  Therefore, in order to facilitate the appearance of witnesses from remote areas, Japanese courts sometimes allow for the examination of witnesses by video conference.
September 14, 2017

Does marrying a permanent resident of Japan allow the spouse to receive a visa?

There are two types of spousal visas in Japan, one for spouses of Japanese citizens and one for spouses of permanent residents of Japan, although both visas are substantially the same.  Therefore, it is possible for a foreign national to receive a visa to enter Japan even if his/her spouse is only a Japanese permanent resident.
September 12, 2017

What do the Incoterms CFR and CIF mean?

Goods shipped under the condition Cost and Freight (CFR) must be loaded onto the method of transport by the seller.  The seller is then responsible for paying any fees associated with the port of loading as well as paying the shipping cost to deliver the goods to the buyer.  However, the cost of insurance (if necessary) and all fees associated with the port of call are borne by the buyer.
September 8, 2017

Are there any specific subsidies for business moving to Osaka?

In addition to the subsidies, tax breaks and other incentive programs offered by the national Japanese government, the local Osaka prefectural government also offers programs to encourage foreign businesses to establish a presence in the prefecture.  For example, foreign businesses expanding into Osaka can get subsidies of up to 5% off purchases of land for a headquarters building or up to 1/3 off of their rent when renting.  Renovating an old factory or R&D facility can also results in a subsidy.