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Enforcing Contracts in

Japan

Below is a detailed summary of the efficiency of contract enforcement. Time and cost are tracked following the evolution of a sale of goods dispute, from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until actual payment. The Quality of Judicial Processes Index tracks the availability of a series of good practices that promote quality and efficiency in the commercial court system.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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  • Indicator
    Time (days) 360
    Cost (% of claim) 23.4
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 7.5
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5)
    Case management (0-6) 1.0
    Court automation (0-4) 1.0
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
    Answer Score
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 7.5
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5)
    2. Small claims court
    4. Are new cases assigned randomly to judges? 0.0
    5. Does a woman's testimony carry the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's? -1.0
    Case management (0-6) 1.0
    1. Time standards
    1.b. If yes, are the time standards set for at least three court events?
    Court automation (0-4) 1.0
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5