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International Arbitration Seminar: Exploring Innovative Solutions in a Changing World (17 November 2023)

    Fluctuations in the global economic landscape greatly impact corporate activities. Recent challenges like pandemics, geopolitical conflicts, and rising resource, energy, and raw material prices have made risk prediction more complex. As a result of these evolving circumstances, unexpected disputes may arise during business expansion. Arbitration efficiently resolves these disputes.
    The Japanese government prioritizes international arbitration. It has taken concrete steps including amendments to the Arbitration Act and the Foreign Lawyers Act. JCAA has pioneered innovative approaches like expedited arbitration, interactive arbitration and online arbitration.
    As a milestone in these efforts, this government-backed arbitration event, co-hosted by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and JAA (Japan Association of Arbitrators), aims to showcase Japan's growing arbitration system and why Japan is a preferred place for arbitration.

  This conference:
- features a three-part panel that encourages dynamic discussions involving representatives from both the public sectors in Japan and diverse international arbitration experts.
- targets a wide audience, including small and mid-sized enterprises, large corporations, legal professionals, researchers, both within Japan and abroad.
- follows a hybrid format, combining physical venue and online platform to facilitate idea exchange and network building among participants.


This seminar is supported by United Nations UNCITRAL, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, JETRO, SME Support Japan, Japan Federation of Bar Association(JFBA)s、Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC), Japan International Mediation Center Kyoto (JIMC),CIarb East Asia Branch and Transnational Dispute Management.



Friday, 17 November, 2023
13:00~17:30 (JST)


Tsunamachi Mitsui Club/Hybrid format with ZOOM broadcasting


Please see program below.



Registration fee

Free of charge





Opening Remarks                            

     Shinsuke Kitagawa, President of JCAA

Remarks by Ministry of Justice

     Takeshi Matsumoto, Director International Affairs Division Minister’s Secretariat, Minisitry of Justice    

Remarks by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Special speech

    Progress in Infrastructure Development and Emerging Challenges

     - The Current State of Dispute Resolution (tentative)

     Itsuro Terada Special advisor to the Ministry of Justice, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (18th)

Keynote speech

       70 Years of Arbitration System in Japan and JCAA: Past and Future

     Kazuhiko Yamamoto Chief Arbitration and Mediation Officer of JCAA, Professor,Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University

Panel discussion 1

 Evaluation and Prospects of the Arbitration System in Japan and JCAA

     Kazuhiko Yamamoto

     Yuichi Takano Executive Managing Officer, GM Legal Division, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

     Tusyoshi Harada Managing Executive Officer and Head of Legal Division, Nippon Steel Corporation

     Takashi Takashima Legal Officer at the International Trade Law Division (ITLD) of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs  




Panel discussion 2

   Learn from arbitration leaders Legal education and career development in arbitration "(tentative)"

     Moderator & InterviwerYoshie Midorikawa, Partner, Miura & Partners, Tokyo

     Panelists Kevin Kim,  Partner, Peter & Kim, Seoul

           Yu-Jin Tay,  Partner, Mayer Brown, Singapore




Panel discussion 3                              

   Expediting Options for Arbitration in Common Law and Civil Law Jurisdictions                         

     Moderator Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira,  Counsel, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tokyo  

     Panelists Tony Andriotis, Partner, DLA Piper, Tokyo

            Tony Dymond, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, UK and Hong Kong

                                   Yoshimi Ohara, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

                                   Julia Jiyeon Yu, Partner, Oon & Bazul LLP, Singapore

                                   Shinji Ogawa, Manager, Arbitration and Mediation Department, JCAA


Japan Commercial Arbitration Association