Facility Operations Business

JIDRC operates the international arbitration and mediation hearing facilities in Osaka. This facility may be used for hearings of institutional and ad hoc arbitration and mediation as well as various symposiums, seminars and other events related to arbitration and mediation. As for facility operations in Tokyo, please refer to NEWS June 1, 2023.

Osaka Facilities

The Japan International Dispute Resolution Center-Osaka(JIDRC-Osaka)moved to the Osaka International Convention Center “Grand Cube Osaka” in April 2021. JIDRC-Osaka will arrange facilities suitable for arbitration hearings and mediation sessions around Osaka including Grand Cube Osaka, and provide various support for hearings including making reservations via JIDRC.

Exterior of Grand Cube Osaka

Exterior of Grand Cube Osaka

Grand Cube Osaka is an international conference hall located in the western area of Nakanoshima, Osaka, which has been redeveloped in recent years. It is equipped with conference rooms of various sizes, business center and restaurants providing catering to meet different needs of users.

Special Conference Hall

Special Conference Hall

A special conference room with a beautiful oval room and a simultaneous interpretation booth is appropriate for large and prestigious hearings.

Room 1202

Room 1202

Attendee may enjoy a panoramic view of Osaka city from Room 1202 by rolling up the curtain.

Rooms for Hearing

Rooms for Hearing

Many rooms suitable for a small hearing room, mediation session room or breakout room are also available. Wi-Fi is available in these rooms as well.

Other Businesses

Capacity Building

JIDRC provides education for professionals with expertise in international arbitration and mediation proceedings in the form of study groups in various fields (such as international business and sports) and levels (such as preliminary stage and advanced stage) in collaboration with domestic and overseas arbitration and mediation institutions as well as arbitration and mediation related organizations. JIDRC also prepares and provides e-learning study movies which may be viewed online. It also cooperates in convening moot arbitration events targeting students interested in international arbitration.

Raising Awareness

JIDRC presents, both in metropolitan and local cities, various symposiums and seminars comprehensibly explaining the significance, contents, and procedural flow of the dispute resolution procedures of international arbitration and mediation, towards business enterprises and sport related parties who are the users of such procedures, in collaboration with domestic and overseas arbitration and mediation institutions, other arbitration and mediation related organizations, bar associations, and furthermore, economic organizations and sport organizations.

Overseas Promotions

JIDRC performs various promotions overseas to induce people make proactive use of Japan, which has sufficient legal systems related to international arbitration and which is fully equipped with hearing facilities, as the seat of arbitration and hearing venue, through participation in international events related to international arbitration and mediation, as well as convening in foreign countries joint seminars with overseas arbitration and mediation institutions, international arbitration and mediation related organizations, and legal associations, etc. In doing such things, we promote Tokyo and Osaka which are cities with numerous direct flights from overseas and facile access from the airport, and furthermore, which are safe and secure cities with various adequate convenient infrastructures.

How to Use

How to Use

General flow from inquiry to use (two months to one month prior to the use)

Inquiry for checking vacancy status

Providing provisional estimate and taking temporary reservation

Confirmation of temporary reservation

Making reservation with necessary documentation

Sending final estimate and on-site tour, if requested




Reservations for using Grand Cube Osaka via JIDRC can be made more than a year in advance (with some requirements).
The facilities at Grand Cube Osaka can be used, in principle:
■ from 9:00 am to 21:00 pm (weekends and holidays are also available.)

When using Grand Cube Osaka via JIDRC, the administrative fee of JIDRC-Osaka (11,000 yen including consumption tax per 4 hours) will be additionally charged. Please refer to the website( for the facility usage fees including room fees and equipment fees prescribed by Grand Cube Osaka. The cancellation fee will be charged according to the regulation of Grand Cube Osaka (Please refer to the above link).

Hearing room, mediation room and breakout room suitable for conducting international arbitration hearings and mediation
When applying via JIDRC, JIDRC can provide the following services at Grand Cube Osaka or other facilities:

Extensive surrounding facilities such as hotels
In the vicinity of the Osaka facility, users can select from wide variety of hotels (both luxury hotels and affordable business hotels), restaurants and catering, of which JIDRC is happy to assist arrangement. Those who visit Osaka for the first time may concentrate on your business (hearings) without inconvenience.

For booking inquiry, please use this form.
For more details, send an e-mail at

Overview of Arbitration Related Legal System in Japan

1. Arbitration Act (2003 Act No.138)

The core of the legal arbitration system in Japan is the “Arbitration Act” enacted in 2003. As a general rule, the Arbitration Act is applied to arbitration procedures in the case that the seat of arbitration is in Japan (Article 3 of the Arbitration Act). This Act is enacted based upon the “UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Model Law)” which was prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and upon which many countries in the world base their laws as a model.

The Arbitration Act of Japan is widely applied whether the case is domestic or international, or civil or commercial (Article 2 of the Arbitration Act).

In 2023, the Arbitration Act had revised(not enforced yet) with such purposes as reflecting the 2006 version of the Model Law. Japan is also a member of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the so-called New York Convention). Japan is also a member country of multilateral treaties such as the ICSID Convention and the Energy Charter Treaty.

2. Involvement and Stance of the Courts of Japan Towards Arbitration

As a general rule, the court exercises its powers to arbitration procedures with Japan as the seat of arbitration only in the case where the Arbitration Act provides (Article 4 of the Arbitration Act). If there are any requests by a party in relation to provisional order disposition (Article 15 of the Arbitration Act) or examination of evidence implemented by the court (Article 35 of the Arbitration Act), the court will support the party and the arbitral tribunal, but the court will not become involved in arbitration procedures in other cases.

With respect to arbitration cases, there are court cases which state that common interpretations with the arbitration laws of other countries and internationally applicable interpretations should be aimed in the interpretation of the Arbitration Act of Japan, upon perceiving that the Arbitration Act based upon the Model Law indicates the legislative intent that domestic law discipline should have contents which are common with other countries to the extent possible (the Tokyo High Court decision of August 1, 2018, Kinyu Shoji Hanrei No.1551 p.13).

There are many court cases regarding arbitration agreements, annulment of arbitral awards, as well as recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. For details, please see the separate PDF titled “Introduction to Japanese Arbitration Act with Court Cases.”

3. Arbitration Representation and Legal Arbitrator System

In Japan, representation rights at the courts in Japan are limited to attorneys admitted in Japan by the “Attorneys Act”; however, representation rights in international arbitration procedures with Japan as the hearing venue are widely open to foreign lawyers.

Specifically speaking, in Japan, the “Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers” (Act No.66 of 1986) provides for the handling of legal services within Japan by foreign lawyers. Under the said Act, foreign lawyers who fall under (i) or (ii) of the following may represent in the procedures of international arbitration cases in Japan.

(i) A person qualified as a “registered foreign lawyer” approved by the Minister of Justice and registered in the registry of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Article 5-3 of the Foreign Lawyers Act)

(ii) A foreign lawyer other than (i) who is engaged in work to perform legal services based upon his/her qualifications in a foreign country and who is requested and has accepted such arbitration case in that foreign country (Article 58-2 of the Foreign Lawyers Act)

Generally speaking, with respect to arbitration cases performed in accordance with due procedures under the Arbitration Act, persons other than attorneys admitted in Japan such as foreign lawyers are recognized to be able to perform activities as an arbitrator, and activities as arbitrators by persons other than attorneys admitted in Japan are also being widely performed in actual terms.

Introduction to Japanese Arbitration Act with Court Cases

Introduction to Japanese Arbitration Act with Court Cases

Virtual Hearing



The JIDRC's Advisory Board's Subcommittee on Web-Based Hearings has prepared a reporton virtual and remote hearings, which are rapidly increasing in use due to the COVID-19, as well as a a sample agreement on virtual hearing.

Sample Agreement on Virtual Hearing


Japan International Dispute Resolution Center publishes e-learning materials in Japanese on
International as the commissioned project of Ministry of Justice.


For international business disputes, we provide e-learning for mock international commercial arbitration, and international arbitration (primary and advanced level).
For sports disputes, we provide e-learning for sports arbitration and doping arbitration.

Mock International Commercial Arbitration



Osaka MAP

Osaka facility

5-3-51, Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005 JAPAN

Nearest station

Keihan Nakanoshima Line: Nakanoshima(Osaka International Convention Center) Station.
JR Tozai Line: 10-minute walk from Shin-Fukushima Station.
Hanshin Railway: 10-minute walk from Fukushima Station.

About us


The Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC) was established in February 2018 as an agency to contribute to the further activation of international arbitration and international mediation in Japan.

JIDRC operates its facilities so that all related parties, such as the party companies who are the users of international arbitration and mediation, their counsels as well as arbitrators and mediators, are able to find satisfaction in terms of convenience of use.

The business of JIDRC is not limited to provide facilities. Its utmost aim is to promote international arbitration and mediation in Japan. We would like to gain global trust and good reputation in international arbitration and mediation in Japan through smooth and efficient progression of arbitration and mediation proceedings in Japan as well as through uninterrupted and stable recognition and enforcement of arbitral award and other outcome of the resolution in any country.

For the purposes of the above, JIDRC engages in various businesses for the arrangement of systemic, personnel and physical foundations.

We sincerely ask all users and those involved in the businesses of JIDRC to provide their candid opinions regarding our facilities and businesses. JIDRC wishes in earnest to receive such opinions and to develop into an agency which is further used and beloved by everyone.


Message from Special Advisors

The messages below were received while JIDRC Tokyo facility was operating.

JIDRC asked renowned arbitration practitioners overseas to become Special Advisors to receive their views on JIDRC and its facilities.

Anselmo Reyes

International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court

The Japanese Government is currently working to establish Japan as an international dispute resolution center, much as Singapore and other countries have done in Asia and elsewhere. The Government is taking steps to improve Japan’s attractiveness as a neutral venue for the resolution of transnational disputes through arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Today, globalized companies (including micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises) regularly bring their disputes to arbitration or mediation in London, Paris, Geneva, and Stockholm, even where the cases have little or no connection with those places.

The hope is that, through the reforms now being implemented in Japan, international businesses (particularly those situated in Asia) will opt in the future to have their disputes resolved in Japan in a fair, impartial, cost-effective, and timely manner. This will not only contribute to Japan’s economy, but more importantly will also enhance Japan’s worldwide standing and reputation as a country for the peaceful resolution of cross-border disputes.

The JIDRC is a vital component of this vision. It is more than just physical venues in Tokyo and Osaka where arbitrations and mediations can take place. It is also intended to be a focus for regular ADR-related activities (including international seminars, workshops, moots, and conferences) in Japan. To succeed in its ambitions, Japan will need the commitment and support of everyone in the community. The JIDRC is ultimately an organization for inspiring, galvanizing, and channeling that support.

Kevin Kim

Former Secretary General of International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Carita Wallgren-It is my great pleasure to have been selected as a special advisor to JIDRC along with Anselmo Reyes and Carita Wallgren-Lindholm and I look forward to working in close collaboration together and with JIDRC to strengthen its potential as an international arbitration hub.

The opening of new JIDRC hearing facilities in Tokyo and Osaka in 2018 and 2020 was indicative of Japan’s lasting commitment and support of arbitration. These new facilities of JIDRC will no doubt continue to act as a solid platform for arbitrations brought by Japanese and/or international parties. Moreover, the infrastructural support provided by JIDRC will also surely boost Japan’s attractiveness as a seat and jurisdiction which is partly grounded in a skilled judiciary, a neutral and impartial forum, and a pool of Japanese and international lawyers working together towards diversity and making Japan a leading jurisdiction.

The recent dynamic approach adopted by the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association in its Interactive Rules is another clear example of the continued betterment of Japan as a venue and jurisdiction for arbitration.

Now that Japan has facilities dedicated to arbitration and is taking initiatives to improve the arbitral process, I believe that Japan will cement its position as a natural arbitration venue in Asia and look forward to utilizing these existing strong foundations to further increase Japan’s international appeal in the arbitration world.

Carita Wallgren Lidholm

Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd.

When selecting a seat or venue for an arbitration in a world where convergence of laws and rules for arbitration is already quite far reaching, other factors facilitating the smooth and efficient conduct of the proceedings come into focus. In addition to circumstances of infrastructure proper (hearing facilities and their technical standard, support professionals including interpreters and recorders etc) access to the venue remains an important element such as ease of travel and entry into the country (which both work effortlessly in Japan in my experience). But with many things being equal around the world, soft criteria such as attitude of those managing in-person proceedings become increasingly distinctive.

In my experience, it is difficult to find an environment where attitude is so positively manifested as in Japan: attention to every detail that may facilitate the task of the participants and their comfort, and efforts to arrange for what may not be there from the beginning. Due to the establishment of the JIDRC hearing facility after my last visit to Tokyo it may, however, be assumed that the wish list for any missing support functions or devices is very short today.

In addition to attitude, I continue to be impressed by the readiness of the Japan arbitration community to continuously ask their foreign peers how they could do things better and to continuously conduct open debate regarding their value proposition. That quality is not only agreeable, it also promises well for future development.

Purposes and Organization


JIDRC was established to become one of the centers for international arbitration and mediation promotion in Japan in the civil sector, based upon the interim report of the “Liaison Conference of Relevant Ministries and Agencies Toward Invigoration of International Arbitration” of the Japanese Government. JIDRC performs operations of arbitration and mediation hearing facilities, education of professionals such as arbitrators and mediators, as well as public relations and raising awareness towards domestic and overseas companies and legal professionals.


The business execution of JIDRC is performed by the board composed of the maximum of 15 directors including the representative director. It also has an advisory board composed of experts both in Japan and overseas, which is entrusted to provide advice to the board from time to time regarding the operations of JIDRC in response to the inquiries of the board. The advisory board has two permanent sub-committees corresponding to the two main businesses of this organization; the facility operations sub-committee and the arbitration promotion sub-committee.

Organization Chart


・Board member
・Advisory board member
・MOU signing organizations
・Links to other organizations