FAQ

May 10, 2017

Are charitable gifts subject to Japanese inheritance tax?

Sometimes a will specifies that part of the estate should be given to a religious organization or a charity.  In these cases, if the inheritor meets certain conditions, the religious organization or charity may not need to pay any inheritance taxes.  This rule encourages people to leave their money to charities or other worthwhile causes.
May 12, 2017

If a patented invention needs approval from a safety agency before it can be marketed, does any extra time get added to the length of the patent?

Certain patented inventions may require approval from a government agency, such as those regulating consumer products, medical devices or food, before they are allowed to be sold to the public.  This period of waiting for approval unfairly cuts into the patent term and lowers the profit an inventor can expect to make.  Therefore, patents in this situation may be extended for a further period of up to five more years.
May 15, 2017

What types of official seals do companies in Japan keep?

When establishing a company in Japan, the founder will be required to register an official seal for the company.  Stamps or seals are commonly used in Japanese business as an alternative to signatures to authorize documents.  Officially registering the seal will legally bind that specific design to the company and any time that seal is used it will be presumed to be an official recognition by the company.
May 17, 2017

What types of property should be registered with the Japanese government?

There are three general types of registration for property in Japan.  The first is the system of registration for immovable property or real estate.  Registering ownership of real estate will clarify not only the ownership rights but also what types of rights are included in that ownership.