Ohara Law Office

September 2, 2016

What happens if a spouse won’t support his or her spouse’s visa renewal?

Certain visas to legally stay in Japan are based upon being married to a resident of Japan.  This can include foreign nationals who are married to Japanese citizens and receive a spouse visa, or for foreign national couples where one spouse who has legal status in Japan is supporting the other through a family based visa.  As these visas depend on the marital status of the couple, it is often critical for the spouses to work together to obtain a renewal of these visas.  However, if the sponsoring spouse decides to withhold his or her cooperation in renewing a visa, there […]
August 31, 2016

Can permanent residency in Japan ever be taken away?

Next to acquiring Japanese citizenship, permanent residency is the most secure status that a foreign national can obtain to stay in Japan.  However, although the name suggests otherwise, permanent residency does not grant the holder an unlimited right to stay in Japan.  Unlike citizenship, permanent residency can be taken away under certain conditions.
August 29, 2016

What is a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is an agreement signed between two or more parties to prevent the disclosure of confidential information.  It also can be called a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA) or secrecy agreement (SA).
August 26, 2016

What kind of government fees are required to form a company in Japan?

The Japanese government assesses a number of taxes and fees during the course of the establishment of a new corporation in Japan.  Some of these fees include a stamp for the articles of incorporation (approx. 30,000 JPY) and a registration license tax (150,000 JPY or 0.7% of the capital investment, whichever is higher).