Ohara Law Office

December 27, 2016

What if one party does not appear at the arbitration?

If a party to the arbitration does not appear then the arbitrators will need to make their decision based upon the evidence available to them.  One party failing to appear will not ordinarily suspend or cancel an arbitration.  Therefore, it is important for both parties to make an appearance so the arbitrators can make a fully informed decision.
December 23, 2016

Does a wife have the responsibility to pay off a debt that her husband created?

Married couples in Japan are responsible for sharing expenses related to the marriage.  Specifically, if one spouse signs a contract with a third party regarding everyday household matters (such as a cleaning service) then the other spouse will also be a responsible party under this contract unless there is prior notice given that he or she will not assume any liability under the agreement. However, this sharing of costs for household necessities and daily expenses does not extend to liability incurred in other areas not related to the marriage.  For example, barring some special circumstance, a wife will not be […]
December 21, 2016

How are points awarded for a highly skilled professional under Japan’s immigration system?

Under Japan’s new point-based immigration preference system, points are given to highly-skilled foreigners for a variety of accomplishments.  For example, points can be awarded for having a doctorate, years of work experience, Japanese fluency, high salary and published papers among other things.  Accumulating over 70 points allows the highly-skilled foreigner to qualify for special immigration preference.
December 19, 2016

Are International Commerce Terms (Incoterms) used in Japan?

International Commerce Terms (or Incoterms as they are often called) are a set of pre-defined commercial terms that are commonly used in international contracts between businesses.  Many of the terms are three letter abbreviations that appear as common clauses in commercial contracts.  Japanese business that rely on import or export of goods will regularly include these standard terms in agreements with foreign buyers or suppliers.