Japanese Consumption Tax | Tax-inclusive Pricing will be required from April 2021.

As of April 1, 2021, the total amount including consumption tax (Shohi-Zei, 消費税) must be indicated in the price labeling for consumers.

In other words, the price tag could be indicated like “10,000 yen plus consumption tax” until March 2021, but from April 2021, the price will have to be indicated like “11,000 yen”.

This regulation is applied to all of the price indications such as price tags, flyers, catalogues and also websites.

We do not handle tax issues. This information is provided just for your reference. If you have inquiries about tax issues, please ask a tax accountant (Zeirishi) for details.
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COVID-19 Countermeasures at our Office

Update | January 14, 2021

In some parts of Japan (including Tokyo and Kanagawa), the state of emergency declaration (due to COVID-19) is declared until February 7th, 2021. In order to ensure the safety of our guests and staffs, we are taking the following measures.

  • We request all guests and staffs to wash their hands when entering the office.
  • Hand sanitizer at the entrance and the meeting room.
  • Acrylic boards in the meeting room to prevent infection.
  • Disinfection of the meeting room for each consultation.
  • We request all guests and staffs to wear a mask.
  • We open the window for ventilation.
  • We have humidifiers installed to keep the humidity in the room.

For legal issues such as debt, business problems, inheritance, divorce, etc. it is important to have a consultation with the attorney early on in order to achieve a better resolution.

We take measures to prevent infection as described above, so if you wish to consult with us, please contact us as soon as possible. We can also provide web consultation (zoom, skype, google meets) for now.

Japanese Court System

1 District Court, Family Court

Civil cases and criminal cases are generally first heard by the district courts (Chiho Saibansho). There are district courts in each prefecture. There are also several branches of the district courts in each prefecture.

Family cases, such as inheritance and divorce, are heard by the family courts (Katei Saibansho). In many family cases, it is required to go through the family conciliation process first.

Summary Court

Civil trials where the amount of the case is 1.4 million yen or less are heard in the summary courts (Kan-i Saibansho).
In addition to civil trials, small claims court and demand for payment are also available at the summary courts.
In addition, most of the civil mediation cases are conducted in the Summary Court.

Some of the minor criminal cases are also heard at the summary courts.

2 High Court

If there is an appeal against the judgment of the district court or family court, the case will be heard by the high court (Koutou Saibansho). There are eight high courts in Japan (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Fukuoka).

3 Supreme Court

If there is any dissatisfaction with the judgment of the high court, the case can be appealed to the Supreme Court (Saikou Saibansho). However, as a general rule, this is limited to cases of constitutional or procedural violations.