FAQ

August 18, 2017

What are the requirements to maintain a spousal visa in Japan?

Spousal visas in Japan allow the holder to work freely in almost any profession.  Therefore, upon marrying a Japanese national, many foreign nationals decide to switch their visa status to a spousal visa.  The main requirement for a spousal visa is that the visa holder continue to engage in activity as a spouse.
August 21, 2017

Can one spouse unilaterally file for divorce based on the other spouse’s adultery?

To obtain a court-ordered divorce in Japan, there must be statutorily recognized reason for granting the divorce.  Adultery is one of those five recognized reasons.  However, while adultery does provide a potential basis for divorce, divorce will not be automatically granted when one spouse has been unfaithful.
August 24, 2017

What is the difference between arbitration and mediation?

As alternatives to litigation, mediation and arbitration both share some similarities, but it is important to know the differences between the two before choosing which method is right for your situation.  In general, mediation can only end with an agreement between the parties, while arbitration can end with a decision by an arbitrator.
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.