How do you respond to a legal complaint in Japan?

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Lawsuits begin with the plaintiff filing a complaint again the defendant. After receiving a copy of the complaint, the defendant must file an answer. The answer should be submitted to the court and to the opposing party and it should provide the defendant’s version of the facts of the case including what parts of the complaint the defendant disagrees with or believes are untrue. The defendant may also attach his own evidence to his answer in support of his argument and version of the case. Just as with the complaint, it is advisable for the defendant to hire an attorney to prepare the answer as one mistake in filing could greatly affect the defendant’s rights and even result in losing an otherwise winnable lawsuit.

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