Ohara Law Office

March 27, 2017

What happens at a scheduling conference in Japan?

Lawsuits can be complicated endeavors and without a good plan the litigation can spin out of control into unrelated topics or endless bickering.  Once those issues have been defined, the court moves on to the actual scheduling of the lawsuit.  This is accomplished at a scheduling conference with participation of the parties and the court.
March 24, 2017

Is there a way to stop a spouse from forging a divorce agreement?

In order to prevent a spouse from filing a forged divorce agreement, one needs to file a Petition for Non-Acceptance of Notification of Divorce (rikon fujuri moshidesho 離婚不受理申出書).  Filing this petition with the local ward office will prevent the acceptance of any divorce petitions involving the applicant.
March 22, 2017

What happens if my Japanese visa application is denied?

  If a Japanese visa application is denied, the applicant sometimes will not be told the specific reason for the denial.  However, the denial means that one of the requirements for obtaining a visa was not adequately fulfilled so the applicant should re-examine his or her own application to determine which requirement was not met.
March 17, 2017

What is an Indemnity clause?

An indemnity clause can be a powerful tool to control costs and manage risk when licensing technology.  An indemnity clause, at its most powerful, can completely shield one party from liability, forcing the other party to cover all potential risk stemming from the agreement.  However, more commonly, it will be used to cover specific areas of risk such as potential damage caused by use of the licensed technology or claims by 3rd parties for IP infringement.