FAQ

March 10, 2017

What happens when both parties to an accident in Japan were negligent?

Situations can arise where the negligence of one party is compounded by the negligence of the other party.  Courts will take this factor into consideration when determining the amount of damages to be awarded and who is responsible for paying.  The damages for negligence might be split between the two responsible parties or, in some cases, both parties might be liable for the full amount of damages.
March 31, 2017

Do foreign heirs have to pay Japanese inheritance tax?

The burden to pay Japanese inheritance tax falls on the heirs, not on the estate itself.  However, in some cases, the heirs may not live in Japan and therefore would not normally be subject to Japanese tax.  Therefore, for inheritance tax purposes, non-resident heirs are considered “limited taxpayers” and are subject to tax on any assets they inherit located in Japan.
April 19, 2017

Is a lawyer necessary for accidents in Japan?

In assigning responsibility for accidents it is not always clear who the negligent party is.  In many cases there will have been a string of incidents leading up to the accident in question and there may be multiple cases of careless behavior.  Having an attorney help with litigation or negotiation related to an accident in Japan can help make it clear what each parties’ legal responsibilities are.
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.