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Important Legal Considerations for the Construction of Semiconductor Plants in Japan

The Japanese Government aims to revive advanced semiconductor manufacturing as a key driver of economic growth. This has resulted in an ongoing construction boom for semiconductor plants in Japan. In this newsletter, we will shed light on key considerations when entering into construction contracts for semiconductor plants, such as insurance coverage, the importance of force majeure clauses, and the role of specialist contractors. Constructing semiconductor plants entails certain distinctive aspects that require careful consideration in the construction contract. Some key points to address include: Semiconductor plants comprise various specialist works such as clean rooms and water treatment works. While a main contractor may be appointed to undertake single-point responsibility to the employer for these works, it may in certain instances...To read the full article, please see the PDF file

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宇野 伸太郎

Shintaro is one of Japan’s leading experts on FIDIC and other construction-industry contracts. He specializes in international engineering and construction of infrastructure projects around the world, with a particular focus on Japan and Asia. He has extensive experience advising on a wide range of projects, including semiconductor plants, data centers, high-speed railways, highways, submarine cables, coal-mining process facilities, Mass Rapid Transit, high-rise buildings, lithium hydroxide plants, various types of power plants, tunnels, ports, dredging, offshore wind, and water treatment and supply facilities, with primary contracts based on the standard FIDIC contract forms (including Redbook, Yellowbook, Silverbook 1999 and 2017 version), Minkanrengo Building contract, Nikkenren Design Build and ENAA. On the contentious side, Shintaro has represented both employers and contractors in proceedings before Dispute Adjudication Boards, arbitral tribunals, and in the courts of various jurisdictions. .
Shintaro has been selected as a Leading Individual in the Construction: International category in Singapore for Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023 and 2024.
Regarding conflict and crisis management in Asia, he has handled numerous complex and difficult cases during his 13 years stationed in Southeast Asia, advising on risk analysis and response strategies based on the local situation. In particular, he has experience in handling over 60 litigation cases and criminal matters in Indonesia over the past 12 years, demonstrating his expertise in handling local disputes.

村田 智美


  • Partner
  • Singapore

Having been stationed at the Hanoi office from 2016 to 2017 and subsequently at the Singapore office since 2019, Tomomi brings a wealth of experience in international construction and infrastructure projects. Her portfolio spans a diverse range of cases, encompassing all areas from negotiation and drafting construction contracts to handling issues arising during project execution, addressing construction disputes, and conducting regulatory research related to construction in both domestic and international projects.

Leveraging her experience in Singapore and Vietnam, she collaborates with qualified lawyers in various jurisdictions, contributing to her extensive expertise in construction projects across the Southeast Asian region. In addition, she actively holds seminars and in-house training sessions on FIDIC, one of the leading standard forms of contract for international construction.
Beyond her focus on construction and infrastructure, she provides broad legal advice on issues related to new investments, joint ventures, and labor matters in Southeast Asian countries, with a particular emphasis on Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

井浪 敏史

Satoshi INAMI

  • Counsel
  • Singapore

Satoshi has worked at N&A’s Singapore office since July 2022 and has provided Japanese clients with headquarters in Japan or Singapore and other clients with legal support on general corporate, labor, dispute resolution, and crisis management/compliance matters for their businesses operations in Southeast Asian countries.

Satoshi has also engaged in international construction and infrastructure projects and has advised on construction contracts, laws and regulations, and disputes in connection with projects in Japan and overseas.