Ohara Law Office

September 8, 2017

Are there any specific subsidies for business moving to Osaka?

In addition to the subsidies, tax breaks and other incentive programs offered by the national Japanese government, the local Osaka prefectural government also offers programs to encourage foreign businesses to establish a presence in the prefecture.  For example, foreign businesses expanding into Osaka can get subsidies of up to 5% off purchases of land for a headquarters building or up to 1/3 off of their rent when renting.  Renovating an old factory or R&D facility can also results in a subsidy.
September 5, 2017

In what situations is a copyright unenforceable in Japan?

Not all unauthorized uses of copyrighted material can be the basis for a infringement litigation.  Some types of behavior that would otherwise be infringing are allowed under the Copyright Act.  For example, use of copyrighted material in schools for educational purposes is generally allowed under the Copyright Act.  Therefore, if a teacher copies passages out of a novel to create homework for his or her students, the copyright owner cannot sue the teacher for infringement.
August 31, 2017

Is it possible to leave property to a pet in a will?

It is not uncommon for people to find themselves in the twilight years of their life to worry that their pet may outlive them.  People in these circumstances will naturally worry about who will take care of their pet after their death and wish to provide the necessary assets to ensure that their pet can continue to live a comfortable life even after its owner’s passing.  However, it is not possible to leave assets to a pet through a will in Japan.  Japanese probate laws mandate that the recipient of assets from a will must be a “person.”  Furthermore, pets […]
August 28, 2017

What happens to a compulsory execution order if the creditor dies?

Depending on the size of the debt, fully paying a debt off through a compulsory execution order can take a long time.  If the debtor’s salary is small or there are few assets available to pay the debt, the monthly payments may be relatively small.  Therefore, there is a risk that the creditor may pass away, either from an accident, sickness or old age, before the debt can be completely paid.  However, even in these cases, the debtor is not relieved of his or her duty to pay.