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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 still subject to the entry ban....

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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 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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COVID-19 Info No.13

The Ministry of Justice has announced that, from 1st September, foreign nationals residing in Japan will be allowed to re-enter Japan after having left the country, subject to certain procedural requirements (including a formal request before departure and a negative...

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Newsflash BOJ Filing and FDI Category Expansion (August 2020)

On 7 June 2020 a significant amendment concerning filing obligations of foreign investors in Japan under the Japanese Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA) came into effect which widely expanded the scope of mandatory prior-notification obligations to the competent governmental authorities (i.e. the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Ministry or Agency supervising the area of the business concerned) through the Bank of Japan (BOJ).

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COVID-19 Info No.12

With effect of 24 July 2020, the Ministry of Justice has added 17 countries to the ban list of countries from which the entry to Japan is principally prohibited. The complete ban list in English can be found here: http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001316999.pdf Foreign...

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COVID-19 Info No.11

In an announcement dated 1 July 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has added further 18 countries to the ban list of countries from where the entry to Japan is principally prohibited. An English translation of the announcement, which includes the latest...

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COVID-19 Info No.10

In an announcement dated 12 June 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published exemptions from the general refusal of entry for foreigners who have stayed in a country on the immigration ban list published by the MoJ. Further information on the entry...

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