FAQ

January 27, 2017

When does an heir inherit property during probate in Japan?

Normally, heirs to a deceased in Japan will not inherit any of the deceased’s estate until the probate process is completed.  This ensures that the process is conducted correctly and each heir receives a fair distribution.  However, it is possible to include language in a will that ensures an heir can immediately receive a particular asset without waiting for probate to finish.
January 5, 2017

Are pet owners in Japan responsible for damage caused by their pets?

Owning a pet in Japan requires the owner to exercise good care and judgment in caring for the pet.  The owner of a pet in Japan is generally liable for the damages caused by the animal, including medical bills or property damage, although there are exceptions.
December 9, 2016

Who has to pay inheritance tax in Japan?

In Japan, inheritance tax is charged against the beneficiary receiving the inheritance.  This is in contrast to other countries where the estate is taxed before being divided among the heirs.  Therefore, because the tax is charged based upon the asset each heir receives, the amount of tax each heir owns will necessarily be different.
November 16, 2016

How do inheritance taxes work in Japan?

Like most countries, Japan levies a tax on inheritance for estates probated in Japan.  This tax is progressive, so the amount of tax that is charged increases according to the value of asset received by each heir.  For example, the first 10 million yen received by an heir will be taxed at 10%, the amounts from 10 to 30 million yen will be taxed at 15%, etc., up to amounts over 600 million, which will be taxed at 55%.