Practices and patterns of behaviour considered the norm in the process of dispute resolution in Japan may seem very strange to lawyers from other countries. This book describes the Japanese process of resolving disputes through third parties to lawyers and business executives faced with the prospect of litigation or arbitration. The authors, experienced practitioners themselves, present a clear description of numerous components and facets to the dispute resolution process, including + the Japanese legal system and its advantages and disadvantages, + the role of the judiciary and practising lawyers in Japan, + the attitude of the Japanese toward litigation, + the actual process, + the cost of litigation, + potential pitfalls for the practitioner, + alternative courses of action, and + practical suggestions on when to be involved in a litigation in Japan and how to manage a case from outside Japan. As the first comprehensive text available on this important topic, Dispute Resolution in Japan is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in or contemplating doing business in Japan. Any such business people may find themselves plaintiffs or defendants in a legal proceeding involving a civil matter in a Japanese court. This book serves as essential, conscientious preparation for that potentiality.