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This paper has dual aims. First, it introduces the Nuclear Power-Related Damage Claim Resolution Center, established in 2011 to handle disputes arising out of the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. After first examining the genesis of that Center, this paper describes its structure and roles and discusses its performance, including the challenges it has faced and the accomplishments it has achieved. Second, this paper seeks to place that Center into the broader context of the overall development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Japan and to assess its impact. Two major themes recur throughout this discussion: the heavy weight placed on standardization and uniformity throughout the Japanese approach to dispute resolution, and the dominant role in the development and provision of ADR played by the Japanese bar.



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