Support for real estate (property) transactions in Japan

Selling your real estate in Japan when you reside abroad.

By owning a property in Japan, you will have to incur expenses and taxes, even if you don’t use the property any more. In such case, you may have to consider selling the property.

If you live abroad and want to sell your real estate in Japan, you may be required to come to Japan to sign a contract. However, there may be people who have difficulties coming to Japan. In such cases, by having an attorney (Bengoshi lawyer) represent you, you may be able to close the contract while in your own country.

For example, it is possible for the attorney to support you to negotiate and sell land, buildings and leasehold rights in Japan that are no longer needed by yourself.

We mainly handle cases in Tokyo and Kanagawa area, however, we can provide support for real estate throughout Japan.

Important Note

Please note that we are receiving several consultations about fraudulent cases involving companies and offices purporting to be located in Japan. If you are looking for a Japanese lawyer (attorney, Bengoshi) or agent from abroad, be sure to check that they are officially registered. You can find a registered attorney’s list on the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ website. Also, the U.S. Embassy, UK Government and Government of Canada provide lists of lawyers who can be contacted in English.

Also, make sure the contact (address and phone number) of the offices or agents matches the information provided from these official bodies. As a result of our researches at the request of overseas clients, we have identified several websites that fraudulently abuse the names of real lawyers and accountants in Japan.

Summer Holiday Season in Japan

August 10 is a national holiday in Japan (Mountain Day). The following August 11-14 is also the summer vacation season (Obon) for many companies.

Although our office will be open August 11-14, some of our staff are taking vacations, so our response time may be slower than usual.

Thank you for your understanding.

IT implementation at the Japanese court

In 2020, Japanese court has begun the implementation of IT in civil court proceedings.

As of August 2020, some courts have enabled procedures for preparatory meetings to be conducted via web conferencing (Microsoft Teams). Web conferencing is also being implemented in labor tribunals (rodo-shinpan procedure).

It is expected that court documents, including complaints, will be able to be submitted online in the next few years.

Until now, the basic form of court work has been to send printed materials by fax, which has caused various inefficiencies. If a document was originally created on a PC, it is more convenient to send and receive and to reuse the contents of the document if it is sent electronically. It is also anticipated that the availability of web conferencing will greatly reduce the number of times the attorneys (and the clients) have to travel to distant courts. This will lead to a reduction in travel and per diem expenses for the client.

Although it has only just started, court practice will change significantly over the next five years. As an attorney who deals with the practice of law, it will be necessary to keep up to date with the latest information and to try to handle cases in a way that reduces the time and financial burden on the clients as much as possible.

July 23th and 24th 2020: Holidays in Japan

In Japan, July 23 (Marine Day) and 24 (Sports Day) are public holidays for the year 2020. This is due to the fact that the Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to be held in 2020.

The Olympic Games have been postponed, but the holidays remain the same.
For this reason, our office will be closed on July 23 and 24 in 2020.