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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 testing certificate prior to...

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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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Newsflash Entry Restrictions to Japan for Foreigners and Exemptions (June 2020)

According to Article 5 paragraph 1 item 14 of the Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, foreign nationals are generally refused entry to Japan in case they fall under a reason designated by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as risk for the interests or public safety of Japan. Based on this provision, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MoJ has published.

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Newsflash Balancing Home Office with Office Work (June 2020)

Although the state of emergency has been lifted for the entire territory of Japan on 25 May 2020, the health risks related to COVID-19 persist, and many companies have chosen to continue teleworking (or working from home, “home office”) in one way or another. In this Newsflash we discuss some legal questions resulting from these changes at the workplace and the consequences for employer and employees.

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COVID-19 Info No.09

The Japanese Government lifts the COVID-19 state of emergency nationwide. Tokyo and four other prefectures (Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido) were the last regions where the emergency state has been removed. Entry restrictions to Japan for foreign nationals still...

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COVID-19 Info No.07

With view on the less than expected decrease of infections in Japan, the Japanese government has extended the nationwide state of emergency declaration to 31 May 2020.

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COVID-19 Info No.06

The Japanese Government expanded the state of emergency to the entire nation as new COVID-19 cases continue to spread. The legally non-enforceable measure urges residents to stay home and puts political and social pressure on much of public life to be closed down. The...

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COVID-19 Info No.05

The Japanese Government declared a state of emergency effective from 7 April and lasting through 6 May. This applies to Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures. As a consequence, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government requests all residents to stay at home and avoid all...

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COVID-19 Info No.04

On 7 April a webinar organized by the German Chamber and dealing with the legal implications of the COVID-19 outbreak for employment relations in Japan was held by our labor law experts. An excerpt of the presentation can be found below.

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