In Japan, mediation may function as part of the judicial process or it can be an external contractual measure agreed by private parties. Several laws establish mediation as a necessity in specific circumstances, and a number of industries voluntarily adopt mediation as the only method to solve disputes. Mediation, translated as “assenn” in Japanese, is one of several processes of dispute resolution in Japan, others including arbitration (chusai) and conciliation (chotei).

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Does mediation interact with Japan’s court system?
Does Japan law require mediation to be present as alternative dispute resolution mechanism?
Is mediation present in other non-judicial scenarios in Japan?


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