Nishimura & Asahi


Practice areas

International Disputes

The internationalization of the Japanese economy has inevitably led to an increase in the number and complexity of transnational disputes between corporations, and between corporations and Japanese and foreign governments. Law firms need to be able to offer a comprehensive range of services to deal appropriately with dispute resolution. Our firm, which grew by the consolidation of a small number of Japanese law firms, has engaged in numerous cross-border dispute cases since its establishment, and has consistently achieved successful results for our clients.
Cross-border disputes involve working closely with attorneys outside Japan, and, therefore, a through knowledge of foreign legal systems and the ability to explain the Japanese legal system to foreign clients and lawyers is required. Advanced knowledge and experience in fields relevant to each case is also necessary. In particular, arbitration, which is one of the most common methods of resolving international disputes, requires expertise and experience, and our firm has a long-standing record of outstanding performance in this field.
Many of our lawyers have studied at prestigious foreign law schools or worked at leading foreign law firms, which has equipped them with the capability to deal with complex cases.

Recent publications

Commercial Litigation - Second Edition - (Japan Chapter)

Commercial Litigation - Second Edition -

Exploring Practicality: Using Japanese Courtrooms for Evidence Gathering in International Arbitration

Dispute Resolution International, Vol 9 No. 2 (October 2015)

Analysis of latest US civil action cases pertaining to extraterritorial application of US antitrust law

NBL No. 1054 (July 15, 2015)

International Arbitration and Corporate Strategy (in J)


Basics of International Arbitration - Introduction to Arbitration Agreements and Procedures

The Oil Development Journal (Sekiyu-Kaihatsu Jihou) No.183 (November, 2014)

The Chambers Legal Practice Guide: Litigation 2014 (Japan Chapter)

The Chambers Legal Practice Guide: Litigation 2014

Viewpoints regarding conflict resolution selection methods in international trade agreements with American, Chinese, and Taiwanese companies (last volume)

Shoji Homu No. 2018 (December 5, 2013)

New Developments concerning the Political Question Doctrine (Study of Anglo American Law)

Horitsu no Hiroba, November 2013 Issue

Energy Charter Treaty: An Unexploited but Rich Well

IEEJ Energy Journal Vol.8 No.2 (2013)

An Opportunity for Progress: China, Central Asia, and the Energy Charter Treaty

Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (Volume 8, Number 1 (2012-2013))

Arbitration World - Fourth Edition - (Japan Chapter)

Arbitration World - Fourth Edition -

The International Arbitration Review - Third Edition - (Japan Chapter)

The International Arbitration Review - Third Edition -

The Dispute Resolution Review - Fourth Edition - (Japan Chapter)

The Dispute Resolution Review - Fourth Edition -

Recent trends of extraterritorial application of US antitrust law

Website-Journal of Law and Economics (Asahi Judiciary)

M&A Strategies in India for Japanese Companies

MARR Vol. 210 (April, 2012)

IBA Arbitration Guide (Japan Chapter)

IBA Arbitration Guide

KIN-YU ADR -A New ADR System in the Japanese Financial Industry-

JCAA Newsletter No. 27 (January, 2012)

Talking Point: New ICC Arbitration Rules
A Strategic Guide and Q&A for Japanese Companies Expanding into India


Japan's Evolving Approach Towards the Resolution of Conflicts Arising from the Intersection of International Arbitration and Cross-Border Bankruptcy

Dispute Resolution Review (Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2011)

Commercial Litigation 2011 (Japan Chapter)

Commercial Litigation 2011

The Dispute Resolution Review -Third Edition- (Japan Chapter)

The Dispute Resolution Review

APRAG Conference 2009

JCAA News Letter No.23

Changing Japan

Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration

Protection of Pre-investment Expenditure in International Investment Arbitration

International Investment Arbitration Study Group Report

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2007 (Japan Chapter)

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2007 p.73-80

Cross-border Handbooks Mergers and Acquisitions 2007/08 (Japan Chapter)

PLC Cross-border Handbooks Mergers and Acquisitions 2007/08

Japan Chapter

PLC' s Cross-border Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties Handbook 2007

Japan Chapter

Cross-border Handbook on Mergers and Acquisitions 2006/07 p. 259-268

Japan Chapter

Cross-border Handbooks Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties 2006

Japan Chapter

PLC Cross-border Dispute Resolution Law Handbook 2005/06

Guide to Japanese Cross-Border Insolvency Law

Law and Business Review of the Americas, 9-4, Fall 2003

Recent newsletters

Recent seminars

A Clause-by-Clause Commentary on the FIDIC Redbook 1999
Regional Overview/Where to Arbitrate/Updates in Regions
Risk Allocation Trends and Approaches
Arbitration Law, General Provisions
Clause-by-Clause Commentary on the FIDIC Red Book of 1999
International Arbitration Practice from the Perspectives of Arbitrators and Arbitration Institutions
Master class: using courtroom litigation to support arbitration in Asia
Getting Into and Getting Ahead in International Arbitration
The KLRCA International Arbitration Conference 2014
Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Asia
Rome is burning - who has the most cost effective insolvency system?
The Future of Litigation Funding in Singapore and Asia
Bridging Cultures in International Arbitration
Basic Differences Between Commercial and Investment Arbitration
New Trends in the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration
Committee Session "Dispute Resolutions and Arbitration"
Arbitration Law
Recognition and Enforcement of Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses and Foreign Judgements and Arbitral Awards
International Arbitration Addressing the Needs of Emerging Markets
Best Practices in International Litigation & Dispute Resolution
A fully interactive panel discussion by some of the world’s leading arbitrators and practitioners
Pitfalls Faced by Foreign Litigants in Litigation & Arbitration in Japan (Rescheduled from November 30, 2010)
Arbitrating Disputes in Japan - Perspectives on Practice and Procedure
The New Arbitration Law and International Commercial Arbitration in Japan
Asian Perspectives on Conflict of Laws and Choice of Court
Defining "Best Practices of International Arbitration for Asia" II : Hearing and Post-Hearing Stages
Panel discussion: New Challenges to Arbitration in Asia
Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Court Judgements in the Asia-Pacific Region
Arbitration in East Asia
Hot Topics in Arbitration
Working Session 3 - Presentation of Evidence
Running an ICC Arbitration
Japanese Arbitration Law and Practice
Global Corporate Governance Conference
Effective Techniques for an Efficient Arbitration