Japan’s New Act on International Jurisdiction
Professor Koji Takahashi (Doshisha University Law School, Japan), has kindly informed us about the adoption of a new Act in Japan containing provisions on international jurisdiction of the Japanese courts in civil and commercial matters (the matters of personal status are excluded from the scope), which will be inserted into the existing Code of Civil Procedure and Civil Interim Relief Act. There is no doubt about the significance of this step: the rules of international jurisdiction, which have so far been inferred from the judicial precedents, will for the first time be prescribed by legislation.
Professor Takahashi has also written a paper on the Act (see here), where he sets out his English translation, comments of the key provisions and presents a brief overall evaluation of the Act. Comments are expected!