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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Reform of The Civil Code of Japan

1 June 2011

Japan is about to reform its Civil Code (minpo), which will clearly affect international business in Japan. Formal government level discussions have already started, a number of legal magazines have already published articles relating to the possible reforms and numerous seminars/presentations have been provided by scholars and practitioners. The Ministry of Justice has submitted an outline of the reform plan for public comments between 1 June and 1 August 2011.

The purpose of this client briefing is to highlight the reasons why the contemplated reform of the Civil Code is important and its potential impact on the Japanese legal system (particularly relevant for those from common law jurisdictions), and which parts of the Civil Code are to be revisited as part of the reform.

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