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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. However, these warranties are only intended to be default rules and they will not apply if the parties have contracted out of them. For example, if a seller includes a “no warranty” clause in the contract, the default warranty rules will not apply. Therefore it is always important to have a sales contract reviewed by an attorney before signing. Having a lawyer review the contract for potential problems can save time, money and effort compared to dealing with a problem after signing.

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