FAQ

August 31, 2017

Is it possible to leave property to a pet in a will?

It is not uncommon for people to find themselves in the twilight years of their life to worry that their pet may outlive them.  People in these circumstances will naturally worry about who will take care of their pet after their death and wish to provide the necessary assets to ensure that their pet can continue to live a comfortable life even after its owner’s passing.  However, it is not possible to leave assets to a pet through a will in Japan.  Japanese probate laws mandate that the recipient of assets from a will must be a “person.”  Furthermore, pets […]
September 5, 2017

In what situations is a copyright unenforceable in Japan?

Not all unauthorized uses of copyrighted material can be the basis for a infringement litigation.  Some types of behavior that would otherwise be infringing are allowed under the Copyright Act.  For example, use of copyrighted material in schools for educational purposes is generally allowed under the Copyright Act.  Therefore, if a teacher copies passages out of a novel to create homework for his or her students, the copyright owner cannot sue the teacher for infringement.
September 8, 2017

Are there any specific subsidies for business moving to Osaka?

In addition to the subsidies, tax breaks and other incentive programs offered by the national Japanese government, the local Osaka prefectural government also offers programs to encourage foreign businesses to establish a presence in the prefecture.  For example, foreign businesses expanding into Osaka can get subsidies of up to 5% off purchases of land for a headquarters building or up to 1/3 off of their rent when renting.  Renovating an old factory or R&D facility can also results in a subsidy.
September 12, 2017

What do the Incoterms CFR and CIF mean?

Goods shipped under the condition Cost and Freight (CFR) must be loaded onto the method of transport by the seller.  The seller is then responsible for paying any fees associated with the port of loading as well as paying the shipping cost to deliver the goods to the buyer.  However, the cost of insurance (if necessary) and all fees associated with the port of call are borne by the buyer.