Ohara Law Office

April 11, 2016

Do you need to pass a Japanese language test to naturalize as a Japanese citizen?

One of the requirements that foreign nationals must meet before being allowed to naturalize as a Japanese citizen is that the foreign national have a very basic level of Japanese language ability.  The way the foreign national can prove that he or she meets this requirement is by taking a simple Japanese language test as part of the naturalization process.
April 8, 2016

Is it possible to have an arbitration in Japan governed by another country’s law?

All arbitrations held in Japan are governed by the Japan Arbitration Act.  However, this Act merely governs the process and rules of arbitration and, for the most part, does not touch on the content of the dispute.   When it comes to the law being applied to the dispute between the parties, an arbitration in Japan can apply the law of any country, not just that of Japan.
April 6, 2016

Is there any way to secure visitation rights through the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

In addition to cases seeking the return of an abducted child, the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction also accepts applications to ensure the effective exercise of rights of access and visitation for non-custodial parents.  For parents who have not been receiving adequate visitation with their abducted child, either through letters, emails, phone or video calls, this is a powerful tool to ensure visitation is maintained.
April 1, 2016

Is there a system of public notaries in Japan?

Like many countries around the world, Japan maintains a system of notaries to certify documents and notarize signatures.  The Ministry of Justice in Japan overseas the appointment and regulation of notaries in Japan, many of whom are former judges or prosecutors.  In Japan, notaries most often are asked to attest to a private deed or prepare a notary deed upon request based on facts or legal rights.