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. Our main business is to provide affordable exclusive facilities in Tokyo and Osaka which are accessible and enabling safe stay, as the venue for hearings to arbitration and mediation institutions all over the world as well as ad hoc proceedings.
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.
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
Hearing Rooms and Breakout Rooms Suitable for Hearings for International Arbitration and Mediation
Latest Equipment Such as Personal Computers and Tablets
Maximum Capacity of 170 Persons
Hearings and Events Utilizing Videoconference Platforms
Simultaneous Interpretation Booths at Hearings and Events
Easy Access to Nearby Hotels and Stations
The facilities can be used, in principle, on everyday
■Morning Set: from 9:00am to 1:00 pm
■Afternoon Set: from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
■Evening Set: from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
※Please inquire for use outside of the hours (before 9:00 or on and after 21:00).
The charges per four and half hours for the use of the facilities are:
■Main room: 50,000 JPY
■Medium room: 25,000 JPY
■Small room: 20,000 JPY
Large conference room (hearing room) means the room of approximately 90 square meters with a capacity of 20 to 25 persons. It is also possible to connect the two large conference rooms of the Tokyo facility. Each large conference room is equipped with a simultaneous interpretation booth.
Free Wi-Fi or wired LAN service in each conference room.
Venue fees for the large rooms (hearing rooms) include the use of simultaneous interpretation booth and lease of receiver.
We can also lend out tablet style terminals. It is included in the fees of each conference room (however, the number is limited).
The facilities at Osaka Nakanoshima National Government Building can be used, in principle on weekdays:
■Morning Set: from 9:00am to 1:30 pm
■Afternoon Set: from 1:30 pm to 6:00pm
The service charges per four and half hours for the use of the facilities are:
■Main room: 50,000 JPY
■Medium room: 10,000 JPY
■Small room: 5,000 JPY
Please note that a Corporate Support Member of JIDRC which has two or more memberships is entitled to a 60% discount on the above-noted fees for the use of the Osaka facility.
In addition, Grand Cube Osaka is available from 9:00 to 21:00 including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Please make an inquiry for fees, etc. as it may differ depending upon factors such as the size of the conference room to be used.
Free Wi-Fi service at the Osaka facility and Grand Cube Osaka.
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.
Facility Operations Business
JIDRC operates the international arbitration and mediation hearing facilities in Tokyo and Osaka. These facilities 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.
The Tokyo facility is equipped with two hearing rooms. At each hearing room, a 120-inch main monitor is installed. It is possible to utilize the simultaneous interpretation booth connected to the hearing room or the on-time dictation services. JIDRC is equipped with major videoconference platforms, and it is possible to hold virtual hearings (online hearings) connected to the outside. It is also possible to hold hearings and the like by connecting the Tokyo and Osaka facilities online or connecting multiple rooms within the Tokyo facility online.
Hearing Room Seminar Specifications
It is possible to hold seminars and the like with a capacity of approximately 170 persons by connecting the two hearing rooms. It is also possible to hold seminars and the like combining “real” and “virtual” by using the videoconference platform.
The Tokyo facility is equipped with six breakout rooms, which may be used for waiting rooms for arbitrators and witnesses and conference rooms. The monitors equipped in the breakout rooms can also display images of the hearing rooms.
Staff in charge of the facility at the reception will show the facility to the users.
Simultaneous Interpretation Booths
It is possible to use the permanently installed simultaneous interpretation booths and we can lend out the receivers.
Users may use utilities such as multifunction machines (copying, scanning) (with charge).
JIDRC has an Osaka facility within the Osaka Nakanoshima National Government Building to serve as a venue for arbitration and mediation proceedings as well as ADR related events. Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka International Convention Center) is also available for the same purposes.
Osaka Nakanoshima National Government Building
Grand Cube Osaka
5-3-51, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
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.
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.
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.
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).
Currently, work to amend the Arbitration Act is progressing 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
- Videoconference system suited to virtual hearing
- Wifi service enabling the stable transmission and receipt of images and sound
- Use of real-time script preparation service
- Use of simultaneous interpretation service
Japan International Dispute Resolution Center publishes e-learning materials in Japanese on
International as the commissioned project of Ministry of Justice.
International Arbitration (Primary)
International Arbitration (Advanced)
Tokyo facility, Head Office
17-1, 1-chome, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-6405
Directly connected with Toranomon Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Directly connected with Toranomon Hills Station of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Approx. 6 minutes’ walk from Kasumigaseki Station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line,
Marunouchi Line or Hibiya Line
1-1-60, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka City, Osaka, 553-0003
2F, Osaka Nakanoshima National Government Building
Approx. 9 minutes’ walk from Fukushima Station of Japan Railways
Approx. 6 minutes’ walk from Shin-Fukushima Station of Japan Railways
Approx. 4 minutes’ walk from Fukushima Station of Hanshin Electric Railway
Approx. 5 minutes’ walk from Watanabebashi Station of Keihan Nakanoshima Line