Things to keep in mind in about joint venture agreements

Based on our experience with negotiations to conclude joint venture agreements to establish new companies (joint ventures, or JVs), we will explain the most important provisions in JV agreements, and provisions that are important but to which surprisingly little attention is paid, as follows. 1.Share (equity) ratio If Japanese law is the governing law for […]

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Who are the parties?

Who are the parties to a contract or litigation? This is the first issue to consider when asked to help with legal matters. We tend to think it’s obvious—that all one has to do is look at the contract to see who the parties are—but in our experience this is often a problem. Be especially […]

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Product liability regulations

In contracts between companies relating to products such as manufactured goods (continuous sales contracts, manufacturing consignment contracts and OEM contracts), there are often provisions regarding the distribution of liability (including the exemption and reduction of liability) between the contracting parties when product liability for the product is called into question by a third party. Such […]

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Measures to increase company productivity and employee engagement

Author: Kenta Ikebe, a lawyer ◆ Understand engagement issues as a law firm  From the standpoint of a lawyer / law firm, we will explain measures to improve “employee engagement.”  Our office has hundreds of advisors, and we have been exposed to the concerns and internal circumstances of many companies, not just advisors.  From that experience […]

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Handling of Power Harassment Made Mandatory

The Revised Act on Comprehensively Advancing Labor Measures (“Revised Act”), which makes it mandatory for an employer to take measures to prevent power harassment, has been enforced from June 1, 2020 (for small and medium company it is a best efforts basis up to March 31, 2022). In this article we will explain in detail […]

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Gift and inheritance tax reforms might be a disincentive to spouse visa

As part of the Japanese government’s efforts to make it easier for foreign nationals to work in Japan, the 2017 reform of the Japanese gift and inheritance tax system gave tax concessions to short-term residents. Unlike some other countries, recipients (heir) are tax payers, not the deceased. For people domiciled in Japan – regardless of […]

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Tax Reform on Inheritance Tax

Under the 2017 tax reform, foreign properties shall not be subject to Japanese inheritance tax for foreigners who temporarily have an address in Japan.  Before the tax reform    Recent years have seen Japanese inheritance tax become severer as some of taxpayers have tried harder to escape from taxation. Some of them have even tried […]

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Meilin Law joins IR as the exclusive White Collar Crime Member in Japan

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Kenta Ikebe of Meilin Law. Kenta has joined IR as our exclusive White Collar Crime Member in Japan. Kenta Ikebe (Meilin International Law Firm) is graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 2008 and from the University of […]

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“Some Multiple Dependent Claims Will Be Rejected In Japan – What Is The Influence On Foreign Applicants?”

Newsletter (March 2022) │  IP Practice Due to the upcoming revision of the Enforcement Regulations of Japan’s Patent Law and Utility Model Law, a patent application or a utility model application which is filed on or after April 1, 2022 and includes a multiple dependent claim referring to another multiple dependent claim (“improper multiple dependent claim”) will be […]

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Is Your Company Prepared For The Implementation Of The Personal Information Protection Act On April 1, 2022?

Newsletter (March 2022) │  Law Practice Introduction As countries around the world bolster their laws to protect the privacy of personal data and information, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Japan has also taken a major step in strengthening its data protection laws to, in part, meet the stringent global standard set forth […]

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