We proactively advise both private companies and governmental agencies with regard to international trade laws, such as World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements and regional trade agreements including the TPP. Our lawyers have extensive experience as outside and in-house counsel to companies, governmental agencies and the WTO.
More specifically, based on our expertise in the field of international trade in Japan, we advocate for international trade policies for both domestic and foreign companies and industry groups, with an interest in trade matters, by analyzing relevant international trade legal matters and approaching relevant governmental authorities in order to support the interests of companies and industries. Furthermore, we assist governmental authorities in international trade negotiations and WTO dispute settlement.
When a foreign government adopts a policy and regulation that accords favorable treatment to domestic products and investors, we support our clients in seeking to rectify those policies and regulations by invoking international trade and investment rules, such as prohibitions on discriminative measures implicating foreign companies or goods/services, obligations to protect legitimate expectation of foreign investors and prohibitions on trade restrictions using food safety standards or technical specifications.
As a pioneer in the practice of trade remedies in Japan, Nishimura & Asahi has an extensive knowledge base and, therefore, invaluable information from when they have acted on behalf of Japanese industries and foreign companies who file for and defend against anti-dumping and countervailing investigations by the Japanese authorities and supporting Japanese companies facing trade remedies’ investigations initiated by foreign authorities.
Nishimura & Asahi further provides analysis and information that advises management’s decisions regarding export strategy, supply chain management and technology transfer based on custom tariffs, rule of origin, and the investment environment.
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