Major amendment to Japanese rules for dependent family member health care coverage and spousal pension eligibility

The Japanese Health Insurance Law, which has until now allowed dependent family members outside of Japan to receive health insurance benefits, has been amended to limit benefits to those dependents residing in Japan. Spouses wishing to draw pension as a “Category 3 Insured Person” will also have to reside in Japan to be eligible to…

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Warning regarding fraudulent brokers and consultants

There has recently been an uptick in brokers and consultants purporting to provide Japanese legal advice and support to foreigners and foreign businesses, particularly in the areas of immigration and corporate law. Many of these “advisors” are not licensed to provide these services and are not bound by a duty of confidentiality. Only locally-qualified legal…

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Understanding what Japanese LLCs and Japanese LLPs are and aren’t

In 2006, the Japanese Commercial Code underwent the most significant set of changes since its inception. Up until that point, the basic corporate forms available to businesses in Japan were the (i) corporation (kabushiki kaisha, or “KK”), (ii) limited liability company (yugen kaisha, or “YK”), (iii) limited partnership company (goshi kaisha) and the (iv) general…

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Procedural pitfall can lead to visa overstay and deportation of individuals seeking permanent residence in Japan

As Japan continues to attract more and more foreign talent, the option of settling in Japan as a permanent resident has received increasing attention. Although the base requirement for application continues to be 10 years of continuous residence, special rules have been enacted that lessen this requirement for spouses of Japanese citizens, spouses of permanent…

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