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COVID-19 Info No.15

Update on the latest governmental measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (as of 14 January 2021): For visitors from Germany, like from most other foreign countries https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html, entry to Japan is now denied, except for those with a valid residence status and...

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Newsletter Reform of German Competition Law Part 2 (May 2021)

Part 2: “Updating” the Competition Act

The recent amendment of the Competition Act is entitled “Act for Digitizing the Competition Act”. The German legislator is the first worldwide to address many of the challenges of digital ecosystems that have been discussed at global level over the past few years.

Public debate in Germany has focused on a new provision aimed at regulating “GAFA” (short for: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon), the giants of the data economy (see below section 3).

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Newsletter Reform of German Competition Law (April 2021)

Part 1: Unburdening small and medium-sized companies

The German Act Against Restraints of Competition (“Competition Act”) has been amended to address challenges of the digital economy, to make merger control more efficient for small and medium-sized companies, and to implement EU legislation. This reform of January 2021 concerns several aspects that are of relevance to foreign investors. Those aimed at unburdening small and medium-sized companies will be outlined in this newsletter. A subsequent newsletter will give an overview of the tightened antitrust rules for “Big Data” companies.

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Newsletter Re-Employment after Retirement Age (March 2021)

Japan is one of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies. Along with the traditionally high life expectancy, the country’s fertility rate is at a continuously low level. According to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, as of September 2020, nearly 30% of Japanese are already 65 years or older. The effects of this demographic change are noticeable. Along with the increasing competition for qualified junior employees, the ageing workforce poses new challenges for employers.

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Newsletter Setting-up Business in Japan (February 2021)

Japan continues to attract the interest of foreign investors, wishing to establish or expand their own business presence in this market. Japanese corporate law provides for a broad variety of legal types of investment, the most prevalent of which are described in this newsletter. These include the representative office (I.), the branch (II.), the joint stock corporation (III.) and the limited liability company (IV.). Whereas the stock corporation traditionally enjoys the highest reputation with banks and business partners and for this reason is most frequently chosen for the establishment of a new legal entity, also the limited liability company has been gaining popularity due to its flexible structure and ease to administer.

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COVID-19 Info No.15

Update on the latest governmental measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (as of 14 January 2021): For visitors from Germany, like from most other foreign countries https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html, entry to Japan is now denied, except for those...

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The End Of The Paperchase

During a recent ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Shinjuku, a priest chanted sutras to memorialise the departed. However, he wasn’t eulogising a person, but hanko: corporate and personal seals used to authenticate contracts and a host of other documents. The funeral for the approximately 50 seals was requested by three companies, including Sakura Internet, which said the chops were no longer needed to validate contracts. Funerary rites to express appreciation to inanimate objects are nothing new in Japan. They are regularly held for dolls, and have even been given for needles, pagers, and Aibo robots. But the ritual performed for hanko signals a shift to digital processes in communications, business, and other transactions across a range of industries and professions.

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COVID-19 Info No.14

With effect of 1 November 2020, Japan has removed 8 countries (including Australia, Korea and Thailand) from the list of countries subject to an entry ban, and added 2 further countries (Jordan, Myanmar) to the list. All European countries, including Germany, are...

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Newsletter Major Trends in Offshore Wind Power Generation in Japan (Oct 2020)

Being designated by the Japanese government as a main power source, new policies to proactively promote renewable energy have been adopted in Japan. Among several renewable energy sources, offshore wind power generation has attracted the most attention because, while the lands suitable for land wind power are limited, Japanese waters offer relatively favorable offshore sites for offshore wind power generation, and thus it is necessary for Japan to introduce wind power generation using such offshore sites (cf. the 5th Basic Energy Plan approved by the Cabinet on July 3, 2018).

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Newsletter Amendments to Renewable Energy Related Laws and Regulations (September 2020)

The Act to Amend the Electricity Business Act, Etc. for Establishing a Resilient and Sustainable Electricity Supply System (the “Energy Resilience Act”) was enacted effective as of June 5, 2020 upon the passage of the bill therefor by the House of Councilors of the Japanese Diet. The Energy Resilience Act provides for various amendments to energy-related laws, such as the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities (the “Renewable Energy Special Measures Act”) and the Electricity Business Act, and is planned to be enforced starting from April 1, 2022.

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„Remote Workforce“: Cybersecurity und Datenschutz sind Pflicht

Das Risiko von Cyberangriffen steigt weltweit. Sowohl Gesetzgeber und Behörden als auch Unternehmen und Individuen sind daher gefordert, ein Bewusstsein für Risiken zu entwickeln und Vorkehrungen zu treffen. Covid-19 hat die Arbeitswelt rapide verändert. War Telearbeit vor der Pandemie üblicherweise nur eine Option für einige wenige Mitarbeiter, wurde sie innerhalb kürzester Zeit für viele Unternehmen zum neuen Standard, um eine Ausbreitung des Coronavirus zu verhindern.

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