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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 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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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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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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