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There are usually two fee systems in Japan; 1) combination of starting fee (initial retainer fee) and success fee charged based upon the result, and 2) time charge.
These fees are calculated based upon the economic value of the case. For example, if a case is economically valued as 10 million yen (the value is called “economic value of the dispute”), a standard starting fee is 6%, 600,000 yen (and tax) . Success fee is charged to the extent the targeted result is realized through representation. If you seek a collection of 10 million yen and the actual collection is five million, the success fee is about 6.8%, 340, 000 yen plus tax.
Thus the calculation of fees is determined by the factor of a) economic value of the case, 2) percentage for starting fee, 3) percentage for success fee and 4) modification variances.
If either party may consider the hourly base charge is reasonable for the case, we will give you the hourly rate for the case and charge based upon the actual time recorded during the course of the representation. The hourly rates for attorneys vary depending upon each attorney and a field of laws in question. Mr. Ikeda’s hourly rate is between 20,000 yen to 40,000 yen. Mr. Hara’s hourly rate is 20,000 yen to 35,000 yen.
We may ask our clients to deposit certain amount of initial retainer to secure the payment. We will send a bill each month with a record of the time and service provided for the representation, and ask our clients to pay the bill monthly. Time charge is usually fit for corporate clients who ask us to provide specific service for new projects.
We will also bill our clients for our disbursement in connection with this matter. Such disbursement may include the following types of costs and expenses: translator’s cost and/or any expert cost if officially requested by the court. Normal Transportation cost between our office and Osaka District Court or Family Court, communication cost, and copy cost are included in the fee. But if we need to go to other court such as Tokyo District Court, we charge Super Express Train fare. In case we need to copy substantial volume of records or documents in connection with the case, we may request our clients to burden such extra cost. We will let our clients know in advance for such cost.