Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Koji Shindo


This Article describes some of the prevalent aspects of civil litigation in Japan and then discusses them in the context of international disputes. Specifically, this essay examines the problems of international securities transactions disputes arising in Japanese courts, where there exists little precedent for their resolution. Since such litigation will become more prevalent with the growth of cross-border trading, Japanese courts must consider reforming their practices in order to deal with these suits efficiently and consistently. Reform must take place specifically in the areas of class action suits and civil discovery practices.