My company has started doing business with several Japanese clients and we are moving beyond a letter of intent to a master service agreement. We have a standard template we use for all of our clients; however, it's currently in english. I don't want to pay to have it translated into Japanese.

I'm wondering if there are MSA templates in Japanese? A more abstract question is are there common repositories for legal documents in different languages?

Here is an example MSA: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/information-technology-master-service-ag-84601/

  • If you don't want to pay for translation in either direction, then how will you know what you're signing?
    – Flup
    Jul 7, 2015 at 9:04
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    We have a japanese lawyer on our side, we just don't want to pay 300/hr to translate a full document. Instead we want to have him read and modify an existing template. Most business legal work starts with a template Jul 7, 2015 at 12:16
  • OK, just wanted to check you weren't just relying on a template!
    – Flup
    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:16
  • Fair enough. It's a reasonable concern Jul 7, 2015 at 12:19
  • @CharlesHoskinson, Actually you might have better luck asking this on quora.com
    – Pacerier
    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:40

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Japanese Government (METI) has released model (sample) Master Service Agreements for IT industries. Yes, these are written in Japanese.

For details, click the link below or google "情報システム・モデル取引・契約書". http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/it_policy/softseibi/index.html#05

There are a several version of model MSAs (e.g. for SaaS, system integration, entrusted development etc.)

Of course, you will need to revise it to fit your services. Don't forget to ask a lawyer to review it.

Good luck!

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