Japan Mulling Easing of Restrictions on Foreign Lawyers


Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering easing its restrictions on the activities of foreign lawyers in the country, through amendments of a related law.

The move is partly intended to promote the use of international arbitration for resolving cross-border commercial disputes involving Japanese companies.

Currently, foreign lawyers who are not admitted to the bar in Japan are allowed to engage in a limited range of activities in the country if they receive approval from the justice minister and register themselves with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Although foreign lawyers cannot be part of trials or lawsuits based on Japanese laws, they are allowed to conduct legal business related to the laws of the countries where they qualified as lawyers.

To make it easier for foreign lawyers to conduct activities in Japan, the government is considering relaxing the requirements for their registration in the country.

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