Applications to renew a Japanese visa are accepted starting 3 months before the foreign national’s visa expires and will continued to be accepted right up until the last day of the visa. To apply for a renewal of a Japanese visa, the applicant needs to prepare the necessary documents as part of the application packet. These include the application form, a 4cm by 3cm photo of the applicant, supporting documents, passport and residence card. The applicant must also prepare the application fee. These documents must be submitted to the local immigration office. Processing can take anywhere between two weeks to […]
The Japanese government operates a public system very similar to escrow called the Deposit system (kyotaku 供託). Under this system, a party may deposit money (or other negotiable securities) with the government deposit office prior to executing a contract. Upon completion of the contract the government office will release the money to the relevant party. This system can be useful if two parties to a contract do not trust each other to keep their promises. In such case, one party may ask the other to put the money in the Deposit system until the performance is complete to ensure that […]
Tokyo is consistently the most expensive city in Japan and naturally the costs incurred in setting up a business in Japan are also highest in Tokyo. On the other hand, Osaka has a lower cost of living and the Japanese government estimates the expenses associated with establishing a business in Osaka are around 85% of what it would cost in Tokyo. These extra savings can be funneled back into the business while enjoying the many business connections and easy transportation to other commercial hubs that living in Osaka provides.
When drafting a patent application one of the most important points is the scope of the claims which describes the invention the patent will cover. Drafting the claims too narrowly can lead to a patent that only protects a very specific invention, allowing others to make slight changes to the invention and avoid patent infringement. However, drafting the scope too wide may result in the patent application being rejected or later overturned in court. It is important to reach the right balance of these two approaches to provide the maximum protection for the invention.