Singapore International Mediation Centre

The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) is a not-for-profit organisation that offers professional dispute resolution services tailored to the evolving needs of businesses in Asia, working across multiple jurisdictions covering both common and civil law traditions. SIMC's panel of 70 international independent mediators has extensive experience resolving cross-border disputes and are highly regarded for delivering successful outcomes in complex, high-stakes commercial disputes.

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Event Details

From 1 April 2024, the Singapore Convention on Mediation (SCM) comes into force in Japan. This comes six months after the country acceded to the SCM, making it the 12th State Party to the Convention and the biggest economy so far to ratify. Japan's ratification demonstrates the country's strong support of mediation as an expeditious and cost-effective mode of international commercial dispute resolution that offers confidentiality and enforceability.


Henceforth, where parties to cross-border mediation have agreed to the application of the SCM, the resulting settlement agreement may be registered in Japanese courts for enforcement purposes. This development will be of keen interest to legal practitioners managing cross-border disputes involving Japanese parties, as well as MNCs and their in-house counsels.


In this special seminar to mark the coming into force of the SCM in Japan, find out more about:

  • Facilitative-style mediation typically used in a cross-border disputes by watching a live mock mediation roleplayed by in-house counsel and practitioners;
  • How Japan is the first country to accede to the SCM;
  • How Japan's accession may impact parties involved in Japan-related disputes;
  • Addressing considerations when mediating Japan-related disputes; and
  • How the companies and their lawyers can collaborate with the Japan International Mediation Centre and Singapore International Mediation Centre to resolve Japan-related commercial disputes.

Agenda

April 24, 2024

Main Schedule

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Registration
1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
Welcome Speeches
Lok Vi Ming SC (Deputy Chairman, SIMC)
Aoi Inoue (Partner & Head of the International Arbitration Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune)
1:40 PM - 2:50 PM
Roleplay
George Lim SC (Chairman, SIMC)
Yoshihiro Takatori (International Arbitrator, F.C.I.Arb., and Mediator (SIMC and JIMC) | Attorney at Law, admitted to N.Y. and Japan Harvard LL.M, Kasumigaseki International Law Office, International Arbitration Chambers)
Brian Chi (General Counsel at Kyndryl Japan)
Masako Takahata (General Counsel, Exponential Decisions Inc. | Director & Chair of International Committee of Japan In-House Lawyers Association | Advisory Board Member of JIDRC at Indusirial Decisions Inc.)
Tomoki Yanagisawa (Partner, TMI Associates)
Aiko Hosokawa (Partner, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tokyo office)
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM
Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion
George Lim SC (Chairman, SIMC)
Hiroyuki Tezuka (Chief Director, JIMC-Kyoto | Vice President, JAA | Partner, Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo) | International Mediator, SIMC)
Aoi Inoue (Partner & Head of the International Arbitration Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune)
Chie Nakahara (Partner at Nishimura & Asahi)
Fumiyasu Miyazaki (Attorney, International Affairs Division, Minister's Secretarial, Ministry of Justice of Japan)
Lok Vi Ming SC (Deputy Chairman, SIMC)
Brian Chi (General Counsel at Kyndryl Japan)
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM
Q&A
4:10 PM - 4:20 PM
Photo-taking
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM
Networking Reception

Speakers

George Lim SC (Chairman, SIMC)

George Lim SC

Chairman, SIMC

Lok Vi Ming SC (Deputy Chairman, SIMC)

Lok Vi Ming SC

Deputy Chairman, SIMC

Hiroyuki Tezuka (Chief Director, JIMC-Kyoto | Vice President, JAA | Partner, Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo) | International Mediator, SIMC)

Hiroyuki Tezuka

Chief Director, JIMC-Kyoto | Vice President, JAA | Partner, Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo) | International Mediator, SIMC

Yoshihiro Takatori (International Arbitrator, F.C.I.Arb., and Mediator (SIMC and JIMC) | Attorney at Law, admitted to N.Y. and Japan Harvard LL.M, Kasumigaseki International Law Office, International Arbitration Chambers)

Yoshihiro Takatori

International Arbitrator, F.C.I.Arb., and Mediator (SIMC and JIMC) | Attorney at Law, admitted to N.Y. and Japan Harvard LL.M, Kasumigaseki International Law Office, International Arbitration Chambers

Brian Chi (General Counsel at Kyndryl Japan)

Brian Chi

General Counsel at Kyndryl Japan

Masako Takahata (General Counsel, Exponential Decisions Inc. | Director & Chair of International Committee of Japan In-House Lawyers Association | Advisory Board Member of JIDRC at Indusirial Decisions Inc.)

Masako Takahata

General Counsel, Exponential Decisions Inc. | Director & Chair of International Committee of Japan In-House Lawyers Association | Advisory Board Member of JIDRC at Indusirial Decisions Inc.

Aoi Inoue (Partner & Head of the International Arbitration Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune)

Aoi Inoue

Partner & Head of the International Arbitration Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Tomoki Yanagisawa (Partner, TMI Associates)

Tomoki Yanagisawa

Partner, TMI Associates

Chie Nakahara (Partner at Nishimura & Asahi)

Chie Nakahara

Partner at Nishimura & Asahi

Aiko Hosokawa (Partner, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tokyo office)

Aiko Hosokawa

Partner, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tokyo office

Fumiyasu Miyazaki (Attorney, International Affairs Division, Minister's Secretarial, Ministry of Justice of Japan)

Fumiyasu Miyazaki

Attorney, International Affairs Division, Minister's Secretarial, Ministry of Justice of Japan

Organizer & Partners

Venue

Venue

Anderson, Mori and Tomotsune
Otemachi Park Building, 1-1-1 Otemachi, 20F
Tokyo, Japan

Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please send an email to yuko.nitta@simc.com.sg

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