Towards a Japan the World Wants to Visit – An Introduction to the “Departure Tax”

By Kengo Hashiba

Japan the Tourism Nation

On 28 March 2017 the Japanese government gave Cabinet approval to the “Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Plan”. This policy sets various targets, including 40 million foreign tourists visiting Japan by 2020, and defines the government measures required to achieve them. According to Japan Tourism Agency statistics, the number of foreign visitors to Japan has risen from 19.7 million in 2015, to 24.0 million in 2016 and 28.7 million in 2017, with a further increase anticipated in 2018.   Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, followed by the much-anticipated Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I hope that the foreign tourists attending these and other events enjoy Japan and become regular visitors.
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“Qualified acceptance in practice (4)
– Finalising the process”

By Takuya Murao

 
In my previous column I discussed the detailed steps in the very particular liquidation process. Once you are able to overcome the large obstacle that is the liquidation process, the end of the difficult procedure comes into view, so I would like to end this series of columns by touching upon the finalisation of the qualified acceptance process.
 
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10 Major Revisions to the Japanese Civil Code
Part Seven – Interest Rates and Set-off

By Shinya Yoshida and Peter Cassidy

This is the final column in our series on revisions to Japan’s Civil Code. looks at two issues concerning contracts – cancellation and mistake. There has been a major change to the principle regarding cancelling a contract. Also, the Code has been revised to change what happens when a party discovers a mistake in a contract; in other words, they find out that they what they have signed is not what they intended.

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10 Major Revisions to the Japanese Civil Code
Part Six – Work Contracts and Leases

By Shinya Yoshida and Peter Cassidy

This penultimate entry in our series on revisions to Japan’s Civil Code looks at two issues that are important to many businesses. Contracts for the performance of work, including subcontracts for construction, do not always go to plan. This column will look at how the Code has been revised to decide issues regarding payment to a contractor when the work cannot be completed, a defect is discovered in the work, or one of the parties enters bankruptcy.

Also worthy of note is some changes that have been made to the Code on leases. In particular, the maximum length of a lease allowed under law and the parties’ responsibilities for repairs to the leased property.

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Introducing Peter Cassidy as a Registered Foreign Attorney

We would like to announce that Peter Cassidy was registered as a foreign attorney with the Hyogo Bar Association as of 13th February 2018 and is now licensed to practice Western Australian law in Japan, as well as to act in international arbitration cases and coordinate with lawyers in other jurisdictions.

Peter is a native of Perth, Western Australia and holds degrees in law and Japanese. He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2008 and spent several years working at a small firm in Perth, where part of his practice was serving the expatriate Japanese in various areas of law. He relocated to Japan at the end of 2011 and settled in Kobe, where he previously spent one year as a university exchange student.

After working in a large manufacturing company for five years, where he was involved in document review and checking compliance with international regulatory requirements, Peter joined Higashimachi, LPC in a paralegal role in April 2017. Now that his registration as a foreign attorney has been approved, we are pleased to officially introduce him as the newest member of our firm.

Hyogo Prefecture and Western Australia have maintained a sister state relationship for more than 35 years. We hope that Peter, working in combination with our other lawyers, will be able to help contribute to the continued friendly commercial relationships between Japan and Australia and especially Hyogo Prefecture and Western Australia.