Ohara Law Office

November 4, 2016

How do I get proof of tax payment in Japan?

Certain procedures in Japan, such as applying for citizenship or some visas, require showing proof of full tax payment in Japan.  This proof often is best presented in the form of a certificate of tax payment issued by the Japanese national government and local city/prefecture governments.
November 2, 2016

How do you license a patent in Japan?

One of the most effective ways to successfully monetize a patent is to license it to another party.  In exchange for a royalty or set fee, a third party can make or sell products that include the patented invention.  There are two main types of licenses in Japan: Exclusive Licenses and Non-Exclusive Licenses.
October 31, 2016

What are some ways obtain a debtor’s address in Japan?

Having the address of a debtor in Japan is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against them.  Without an address, a complaint cannot be delivered to the defendant and the court will not have jurisdiction to hear the case.  Therefore, obtaining the debtor’s address is often the most critical part of enforcing a debt.  There are various ways to determine a debtor’s address but all are heavily dependent on the situation. 
October 28, 2016

Why is it better to hire an attorney for probate in Japan?

In Japan, either legal scriveners or attorneys are licensed to help probate the estate of a deceased by contacting heirs, creating an asset list and dividing property.  However, only attorneys are licensed to appear in court in Japan.  Therefore, if a disagreement arises during the probate process, it is always better to have an attorney involved to ensure that the heirs’ rights can be protected even in litigation.