Why Mediation?

Mediation is the process by which a mediator, who is an independent, impartial, and respected third party (called a conciliator or mediator), tries to resolve a disagreement of the opposing parties by helping and supporting them to negotiate and agree on a solution.

There are a number of significant benefits of mediation compared to litigation or arbitration. 

1. Party’s Control of the Outcome of the Dispute:

In litigation and arbitration, a third party such as a judge or an arbitrator has definitive authority to give a binding decision on the dispute.  The judge or arbitrator requires the parties to make arguments and produce evidence, and will make a finding as to the facts based on the evidence and apply the appropriate law to the facts to reach a decision.

In mediation, the parties have the authority to decide how to resolve their dispute and choose a mediator to help and support the negotiations between the parties.  A Mediator does not have any authority to make a binding decision, but his/her skills are crucial for the success of the mediation process, to deal with not only legal issues or disputed matters but also emotional issues or future-oriented issues, with the goal of reaching a constructive resolution of the dispute between the parties. 

2. Cost-effective and Speedy:

Litigation and arbitration costs are usually highly unpredictable, involving expensive legal fees for litigation and arbitration as well as the fee for arbitrators.  Results can take from six months to a few years to be achieved. 

Mediation on the other hand, as a voluntary process, is controlled and arranged by the parties to fit their own timelines and usually involves just enough time for some preparation and a one-day mediation session.  The costs are consequently minimized and much more predictable for each party.

3. Greater Satisfaction:

In litigation and arbitration, parties focus on defeating the other party by arguing and producing enormous evidence.  As a war of attrition, regardless of the outcome, both parties are usually exhausted and often dissatisfied with the cost, stress, uncertainty and acrimony associated with the dispute. 

In mediation, a skilled mediator helps the parties focus on effectively communicating with each other and finding a mutually suitable resolution, as opposed to attacking one another and seeking the defeat of the other side.  Mediation aims at forging constructive solutions to the problems at the heart of the parties’ dispute, reinforcing the positive relationship between the parties, and often enabling them to continue working together in the future.

Even in cases when the parties cannot reach a settlement on the day of the mediation session, it is common for the parties to continue negotiating with their improved relationship following the mediation because many issues have already been discussed and the parties have the motivation to expand on the progress that has already been achieved.  

4. Confidentiality

In litigation, almost all arguments and evidence are part of the public record, so parties may be unable to keep the facts of the dispute and their important information confidential.  This may seriously damage the business and reputation of both parties.

In mediation, all information, discussions, evidence, etc. are completely confidential and the parties do not have to worry about the disclosure of their confidential information.

Facility of JIMC Kyoto

Venue at Doshisha University

Venue at Kodaiji-temple

The JIMC-SIMC Joint Covid-19 Protocol (In case of 1-day mediation)

The Fee Schedule below applies based on the JIMC-SIMC Protocol, including Article 5. Parties making the mediation request through JIMC may refer to Table 1, while Parties making the mediation request through SIMC may refer to the equivalent rates in Table 2.

Table 1:



1当事者当たりの費用 (日本円、消費税込)








Table 2:

An Application Fee is SGD 250. 

Dispute Value (SGD)

Total fee payable per Party (SGD)

Below $1.3M


SGD $1.3M~6.5M

0.5% of Dispute Value, subject to a cap of $13,000

Above $6.5M

0.2% of Dispute Value, subject to a cap of $16,000



(1)  The Fee Schedule applies to a 2-mediator and 2-party mediation, and is based on the total value of the amounts claimed. For other types of mediation, JIMC and SIMC will determine a fee in consultation with the parties. For example, for mediations involving more than 2 parties, JIMC and SIMC will determine a discount, if appropriate, in consultation with the parties.  

(2)  The Fee Schedule applies when JIMC and SIMC select the mediators. Generally, the experience of the mediators will be related to the complexity and nature of the matter. The total value of the amounts claimed is deemed to be an indicator of the complexity of the matter. Where parties decide to choose their own mediators, the mediators’ commercial rates will apply. 

(3)  The Fee Schedule applies when the mediation is conducted fully online. JIMC and SIMC are able to provide physical venues for mediations that will be conducted partially in person. However, different rates may apply. 

(4)  The Fee Schedule is calculated based on a total of eight (8) hours in pre-mediation preparation and mediation time per mediator, and excludes overtime, weekend and public holiday charges. 

Mediation Fees at JIMC-Kyoto

Application Fee

The party or parties filing an application for mediation will pay an application fee of JPY 55,000 (VAT included). 
The application fee is not refundable.

Administration Fees (includes the fee for facilities at Doshisha, and the Student Assistants’ fees ):

When the amount in dispute is less than JPY 20,000,000                                             JPY 110,000 per party  

The amount in dispute is between JPY 20,000,000 and JPY 100,000,000                     JPY 165,000 per party
The amount in dispute is between JPY 100,000,001 and JPY 200,000,000                   JPY 275,000 per party
The amount in dispute is between JPY 200,000,001 and JPY 1,000,000,000                JPY 385,000 per party

The amount in dispute is between JPY 1,000,000,001 and JPY 5,000,000,000              JPY 495,000 per party

The amount in dispute is over JPY 5,000,000,000                                                         JPY 550,000 per party

※This administration fee includes the fees for using the facilities of Doshisha University and refreshments.  If a mediation is held outside of Doshisha, such as at temples, shrines, conference rooms or hotels, the fee for such facilities will be added. 

※Where the quantum of the dispute is not explicitly stated, the Center will determine the administration fee taking into account all circumstances of the case including indicators of the value of the dispute.

※The Center may charge an administrative fee in excess of the fees foreseen above in exceptional circumstances based on the perceived complexity of the proceedings. In this event, the Center will notify the parties of the exceptional circumstances and the administrative fee before the fee is charged. 

Mediator Fees: 

All matters related to the mediator’s remuneration, including the amount of the fees and expenses, as well as their administration and collection, will be determined between the parties and the mediator. The Center is not responsible or liable for these arrangements.