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Legal, Cultural, Technical and Logistical Issues of Asian Electronic Discovery

Once a business faces the prospects of gathering ESI from foreign offices and subsidiaries, it will likely start to grasp the complexity of cross-border eDiscovery. This article discusses the legal, logistical and cultural challenges related to Asian eDiscovery, with a particular emphasis on Japan. These observations will be helpful to in-house counsel for US companies with Japanese operations, parents, subsidiaries or affiliates, or Japanese companies involved with US litigation. The need to respect foreign law may be obvious. In addition, handling logistical and cultural challenges to eDiscovery will make the process more effective, efficient and affordable.


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