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The notary system in Japan is similar to the system of notarizing documents in foreign countries.  Notaries prepare notarial deeds, attest to a private deed and attest to legal documents. When two parties sign an agreement in front of a notary, the notary can provide official proof that the parties signed the document and understood what they were signing. 

The proof that notarizing provides can later be used in court to counter any arguments that one party didn’t sign the agreement or didn’t understand what he or she was signing.  Therefore, notarizing an agreement to pay a debt can be a powerful tool when it becomes necessary to enforce the agreement in court.

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