FAQ

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.
February 23, 2016

What is a Seller’s Warranty?

The Japanese Civil Code contains certain provisions that establish what is known as the “seller’s warranty.” The seller’s warranty demands that the seller fix any problems relating to lack of good title, a discrepancy in quantity, or where there is a latent defect in the product. If any of these situations arise the seller’s warranty requires that seller fix these problems.
February 23, 2016

Is giving a gift a type of contract?

The giving of gifts is also considered a type of contract in Japan. Since these contracts involve one party donating a gift to the other party for nothing in return, Japanese law allows oral gift promises to be cancelled before completion. However, any part of the gift that has already been completed cannot be withdrawn.
February 23, 2016

Does the seller have any obligations to provide a warranty on the products he or she is selling?

Japanese contracts, by default, will include a seller’s warranty. This warranty covers a variety of situations that might arise, such as a third party claiming ownership or a latent defect in the goods.