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Japan aims to increase number of foreign-law attorneys

Deregulation aimed at promoting international arbitration

The need for businesses to resolve cross-border disputes has been growing, but only around 20 international arbitration cases are handled in Japan annually. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is planning to revise laws to allow more foreign-licensed attorneys to practice in the country, with a view to building a stronger capability to handle international arbitration cases.

Tokyo plans to relax the requirements for legal professionals to register as attorneys and allow them to set up joint corporations with local partners. 

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