Is retroactive payment of alimony possible under Japanese family law?

Although some think that they can successfully demand the amount of alimony accrued in the past from the time of separation, others consider it retroactive only until the opening of mediation, and at present there are precedents for both views.

In general, it is difficult to be paid retroactively, but if “I have not received an amount in the past” is asserted when property is divided upon divorce, mediators and courts tend to consider it and increase the amount of the property division.

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