I had an opportunity to attend IBA conference titled 6th Asia Pacific Regional Forum held in Tokyo from Fb.27th to March 1st. The topics discussed in the Forum included very interesting and insightful ones such as “Shall we arbitrate or mediate, and where?” “Cryptocurrency at the crossroads”. The clients of Hiroo International Law office which are mostly micro or small sized businesses and start-ups recently are engaged in international businesses and thus faced with the question of what to do if they have any dispute with their business partners. As we prepared contract documents, we have discussed with their business partners and most of the time, we have agreed to include the clause in the contract to settle future dispute in Singapore International Arbitration Center or Hong Kong International Arbitration Center. As new International Arbitration Center is now opened in Osaka and International Mediation Center has already started its operation in Kyoto, there is no doubt that it would give much convenience and benefit for the Japanese companies if their business partners would agree to settle future disputes in those centers. But is it really possible? Would the overseas companies see those centers to be as international and neutral as the one in Singapore? We are yet to see.