What is the interest rate used by courts in Japan?

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The Japanese the Commercial Code specifies a statutory interest rate of 6% annual to be applied between merchants when no interest rate is specified in the contract.  If two business partners agree to a loan in their contract, but neglect to specify an interest rate, the court will automatically set the rate at 6%.

In the absence of an agreement stating otherwise, an interest rate of 6% will also be used by courts when ordering the payment of a debt or damage award.  Of course, if the parties decide to settle, they can specify a different interest rate as long as it is lower than the maximum interest rate allowed under Japanese law.

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