ABOUT

About JIMC-Kyoto

The Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto (JIMC-Kyoto) has been officially launched on November 20th 2018 in Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture and history, famous as the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years.  

JIMC-Kyoto is the first international mediation center in Japan and provides world-class mediation services for various kinds of cross-border disputes between foreign and Japanese parties.  JIMC-Kyoto is administered by a committee of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA), an independent public interest incorporated association which consists of notable international lawyers and professors in the international ADR field in Japan, giving JIMC-Kyoto a special position where users of JIMC-Kyoto can effectively utilize the resources of the JAA.  

JIMC-Kyoto is located in Doshisha University, one of the leading universities in Japan with a high academic reputation and 140 years of history.  Users of JIMC-Kyoto can use many facilities of Doshisha University, and experience the atmosphere of an international college in Kyoto.  Also, users have option to use facilities of Kodaiji-temple, one of the most famous Zen-temples in Kyoto, and experience the atmosphere of genuine Zen in Kyoto. 


Why Kyoto?  Why JIMC-Kyoto?

“Mediation” is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture.  The Seventeen Article Constitution, the first constitution in Japan, was issued in AD 604.  Authorship of this constitution is attributed to Prince Shotoku Taishi (AD 574-622) and Article 1 starts with the words, “Harmony is to be valued, and avoidance of wanton opposition, is to be honoured.”  This philosophy has been inherited in Japan for more than 1400 years.  Japan also has traditional culture such as “Zen”, “Judo”, or “Jujutsu” which are often quoted in books such as “Getting to Yes” or other global mediation texts.  Japan also has a 100-year history of court-annexed mediation which has been heavily used.   It is not too much to say that Japanese culture is a mediation culture.  Therefore, people in Japan feel more comfortable to resolve a dispute by mutual agreement than by a compulsory decision in an adversarial system such as arbitration or litigation.  

This Japanese mediation culture has developed in Kyoto, as the center of Japanese politics and society for more than 1000 years.  Therefore, Kyoto is the heart of Japanese traditional mediation culture.

Doshisha University, where JIMC-Kyoto is located, is adjacent to the Imperial Palace, the home of generations of Japanese Emperors and Shokoku-ji temple, and its sub-temples of Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple) and Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Termple), are among the most famous temples in the world.  JIMC-Kyoto provides mediation services in this historical and cultural milieu.  Users of JIMC-Kyoto may be surprised to know that JIMC-Kyoto is incorporated into the university’s education system and users can interact with well-educated and trained graduate students who serve as guides and assistants during the mediation session. 

As JIMC-Kyoto understands that being international is crucial for the success of the center, we have invited the participation of many international practitioners and professors.  JIMC-Kyoto has notable international advisors who provide invaluable advice to our operation, foreign professors and practitioners in our committee who administer JIMC-Kyoto, and a panel of high-profile international mediators from all over the world, to whom users of JIMC-Kyoto may access and retain as a mediator.  

JIMC-Kyoto – a millennium of mediation culture supporting parties to resolve their disputes.  


International Advisors

The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Mr. Anthony Piazza

Mr. Anthony Piazza

Professor Anselmo Reyes

Professor Anselmo Reyes

Professor Huang Jin

Professor Huang Jin

Mr. Daniel McFadden

Mr.Geroge Lim


Mr. Daniel McFadden

Advisors in Japan

Professor Emeritus Yasuhei Taniguchi

Professor Emeritus Yasuhei Taniguchi

Professor Emeritus Yoshimitsu Aoyama

Professor Emeritus Yoshimitsu Aoyama

Mr. Akira Kawamura

Mr. Akira Kawamura

Mr. Nozomu Ohara

Mr. Nozomu Ohara

Professor Takashi Matsuoka

Professor Takashi Matsuoka

Mr. Takeo Kosugi

Mr. Takeo Kosugi

Professor Yoshiro Kusano

Former Professor Yoshiro Kusano

Former Professor Hisako Levin Kobayashi

Former Professor Hisako Levin Kobayashi

Professor Akira Saito

Professor Akira Saito

Professor Toshihiko Omoto

Professor Toshihiko Omoto

Professor Yoshiaki Nomura

Professor Yoshiaki Nomura


Managing Committee Members

Board members of JAA

Mr. Akira Kawamura (President of JAA)

Mr. Akira Kawamura (President of JAA)

Mr. Yoshimasa Furuta

Mr. Nozomu Ohara (Vice president of JAA) 

Mr. Haruo Okada (Chief Director of JIMC-Kyoto)

Mr. Haruo Okada (Chief Director of JIMC-Kyoto)

Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka

Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka

Mr. Nozomu Ohara (Vice president of JAA)

Mr. Yoshimasa Furuta

Mr. Yoshihiro Takatori

Mr. Yoshihiro Takatori

Prof. Yoshihisa Hayakawa

Prof. Yoshihisa Hayakawa

Mr. Isomi Suzuki

Mr. Isomi Suzuki

Ms. Yoshimi Ohara

Ms. Yoshimi Ohara

Prof. Yoshihisa Hayakawa

Prof. Akira Sawai

Mr. Masaharu Onuki

Mr. Masaharu Onuki

Mr. Masafumi Kodama

Mr. Masafumi Kodama

Ms. Ai Kuroda

Ms. Ai Kuroda

Mr. Masanori Tanabe

Mr. Masanori Tanabe

Members of JAA

Prof. Coline Jones

Ms. Yumiko Ichige(Secretary General of JAA) 

Prof. Naoshi Takasugi (Deputy Chief Director of JIMC-Kyoto)

Prof. Naoshi Takasugi (Deputy Chief Director of JIMC-Kyoto)

Mr. Hitoshi Sakata

Mr. Kazuhiko Nishihara (Secretary General of JIMC-Kyoto)

Mr. Teppei Mogi

Professor Coline Jones

Prof. James Claxton

Professor James Claxton

Prof. Coline Jones

Professor Mari Nagata

Mr. Takashi Ogura

Mr. Takashi Ogura

Mr. Gerald Thomas

Mr. Gerald Thomas

Mr. Hitoshi Sakata

Mr. Hitoshi Sakata

Mr. Teppei Mogi

Mr. Teppei Mogi

Mr. Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Mr. Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Ms. Nae Iijima

Ms. Nae Iijima

Mr. Takuya Eguchi

Mr. Takuya Eguchi

Ms. Hiroe Toyoshima

Ms. Hiroe Toyoshima

Ms. Tomoko Takase

Ms. Tomoko Takase

Mr. Kazuto Yamamoto

Mr. Kazuto Yamamoto

Mr. Taisuke Igaki

Mr. Taisuke Igaki

Mr. Hiroyuki Mori

Mr. Hiroyuki Mori

Ms. Chieko Tsuchiya

Ms. Chieko Tsuchiya

Ms. Michie Kohara

Ms. Michie Kohara

Ms. Miki Kimura

Ms. Miki Kimura

Ms. Chie Nakahara

Ms. Chie Nakahara

Mr. Yoshihiro Obayashi

Mr. Yoshihiro Obayashi

Mr. Kosuke Nobata

Mr. Kosuke Nobata

Ms. Chie Nakahara

Ms. Ryoko Yabuki

Mr. Shin Tada

Mr. Shin Tada

Ms. Yumi Sakamoto

Ms. Yumi Sakamoto