What goes into a response brief in Japanese litigation?

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The response brief is the first document that a defendant files after being sued.  Similar to the plaintiff’s complaint, the answer is the defendant’s first chance to present his or her argument.

The defendant should use this opportunity to deny the plaintiff’s argument and any facts that the defendant sees as untrue.  Furthermore, the defendant should present his or her own facts and evidence to support his or her argument.  Just as with the complaint, it is very important to file an accurate and clear response because a mistake in the response can have a drastic effect on the outcome of the litigation.

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