It has recently been announced that a new “Japan International Mediation Centre” (JIMC) is to open in Kyoto in early 2018.
While details on the new centre are still limited, it is known that it is being established in collaboration and with the assistance of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), which may provide an indication of how the new centre is likely to operate.
The establishment of the centre is an interesting development in a jurisdiction which is known for its amenability to privately negotiated settlements of disputes but in which (along with many other Asian jurisdictions) the concept of mediation has failed to thrive and become institutionally embedded.
For more on the JIMC, read our Japan Dispute Avoidance Newsletter.
Herbert Smith Freehills also hosts a dedicated ADR Hub as a resource for our clients. This includes a spotlight series on ADR in Asia Pacific, Issue 2 of which specifically delves into ADR in Singapore including the features of the SIMC.