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The Japan Arbitration Act governs arbitrations in Japan. In general the Act is similar to the arbitration laws of other countries because it is based upon the 1985 UNCITRAL Model Law. However, the Act differs in some key respects such as consumer protection and labor issues to reflect circumstances unique to Japan.

The Act governs the execution of an arbitration award and provides a means to contest it under certain circumstances. If the two parties have not agreed to a governing law for the arbitration, the Japan Arbitration Act states that the arbitration shall be held in accordance with the law of the location where the arbitration is held.

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