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Business law in Japan

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
Yes
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
While there is no legal basis for discrimination against foreigners in the Japanese legal system, not being able to speak Japanese may lead to a lack of equity.
The Language of Justice
Japanese
Recourse to an Interpreter
There are no guidelines to ensure effective communication between judges, lawyers and non Japanese-speaking defendants. No standard licensing or qualification system exists for court interpreters and trials proceed even if no translation or interpretation is provided for the accused.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The system is modeled on European systems with Anglo-American influences.
Checking National Laws Online
Japan (Lexadin, the World Law Guide)
Yoshida & Partners

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