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.

Support Agencies for Business Innovation (Certified Support Agency)

Attorney Sumikawa is now accredited by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency as a “Support agencies for business innovation” (Certified Support Agency, NINTEI-SHIEN-KIKAN).

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we feel it is necessary for our office to further enhance our support for small and medium-sized businesses.

There are several benefits to small and medium-sized businesses when they receive support from a Certified Support Agency. Please refer to the Mira-Sapo website for details.

Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses (持続化給付金) is not applicable to foreign corporations.

The Japanese government explained at the House of
Representatives on May 29 that the foreign companies (with branch in
Japan) are not eligible for the subsidy program (Jizokuka Kyufukin 持続化給付金).

You can see the actual discussion in the video linked here.
See around 4:29:50 of this video.

For now, it is not possible for foreign companies to apply for the subsidy program.

We’ll provide information here, if we catch any update about this matter.

Acceptance of Requests for Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses Starts
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) website