This article was published in a slightly different form in the January 2012 issue of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association Newsletter.
1 I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Jake Baccari, Hiroshi Naito and Stefan Mrozinski in the preparation of this article.
2 See Tatsuya Nakamura, “Salient Features of the New Japanese Arbitration Law Based Upon the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration”, JCAA Newsletter, Number 17 (April 2004), Shunichiro Nakano, Professor of Law, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, “International Commercial Arbitration Under The New Arbitration Law Of Japan”, and David E. Wagoner, “Japan Becomes a Friendly Place for International Arbitration”, Dispute Resolution Journal (February-April 2006).
3 See Mark Goodrich and Joel Greer, “The Modernization Of Japan’s International Arbitration Infrastructure”, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Vol. 25, #12 (December 2010), and Gerald McAlinn & Luke Nottage, “Changing the (JCAA) Rules: Improving International Commercial Arbitration in Japan”, ZJAPANR / J.JAPAN.L, pp. 23-36.
4 I acknowledge with great thanks the assistance of Toshiyuki Nishimura from the JCAA in providing these useful statistics.
5 Maxwell Chambers is leased from the Singapore Land Authority and was set up with the assistance of seed money provided by the government of Singapore.
6 Maxwell Chambers website:
7 “Dismissing the Application for Setting Aside an Award, Tokyo District Court, July 28, 2009, 292 Hanrei Times 1304, JCAA Newsletter, Number 24(May 2010).
8 See news release at
9 KCAB International Arbitration Rules, Articles 2(d) and 3.

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