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2022

Human Resources – Advocating for flexible, positive, and healthy workplaces

The chair of the EBC Human Resources Committee spoke with Eurobiz Japan about the committee’s activities.

What are some of the issues the committee is working to address?

One of the many issues we’re working to address is the need for employment legislation that encourages the creation of a competitive workforce based on merit and performance. Everyone understands that it’s necessary to adequately protect employees, but employers also need a legal framework within which it is possible to separate from significantly low-performing employees.
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Stricter policies, safer data – Amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information come into force

As the proportion of our lives that is digitally recorded, processed, and stored continues to rise, so does the need to protect that data and how it is used. A series of amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) came into effect at the start of this month, significantly altering the landscape for companies that collect data from their customers, business partners, or anyone else they interact with.

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Datenschutz: „Das Bewusstsein wird stärker zunehmen“

Im April dieses Jahres treten Änderungen des Datenschutzes in Kraft. Asia Bridge sprach mit dem IT-Experten und Datenschutzbeauftragten Daniel Schwarz und Rechtsanwalt Dr. Tobias Schiebe über die aktuellen Herausforderungen von Unternehmen in Japan zum Thema Datenschutz und Digitalisierung.

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2021

Special Newsflash Labor Law (Vaccination) (November 2021)

Japan has been a slow starter in terms of COVID-19 vaccination compared to other major economies. However, as vaccination efforts have been massively increased in the second half of 2021 and companies, universities and other facilities participated in the vaccination campaign by offering vaccinations for employees, students etc. on-site, the vaccination rate has steadily increased. As of 1 November 2021, it is estimated that almost 75% of Japan’s population has received two vaccination doses and is deemed fully vaccinated.

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Newsletter German Supply Chain Act (October 2021)

The new German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (the “Act”) introduces compliance obligations to prevent human rights and certain environmental risks along the entire value chain, from exploiting raw materials until delivering the final product to end customers. The Act follows a global trend of requiring companies to monitor their compliance with human rights and environmental core values.

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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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2020

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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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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2019

Newsletter Overtime (October 2019)

Overtime is one of the most sensitive topics in Japanese labor relations. Following the suicide of a young female employee of a major Japanese company in December 2015 due to working extensive hours, resulting in the resignation of the representative director of said company, the Japanese public’s perception of the social and legal consequences of overwork have changed and authorities are again on high alert. As a consequence, overtime related investigations by the competent authorities are expected to increase.

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Newsletter Corporate Governance Structures (October 2019)

The Japanese Companies Act (JCA) offers several types of corporate governance schemes, which are mainly designed for public “large” corporations (i.e. companies with a paid-in share capital of JPY 500 million or more, or liabilities of JPY 20 billion or more), as such companies are obliged to implement a corporate governance structure prescribed under the law. However, also for private companies.

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Newsletter Compliance Power and Sexual Harrasment (September 2019)

Japanese working environments are traditionally characterized by authoritarian management styles with strict hierarchies. This opens the doorway to power games and harassment. This newsletter will explain the most frequent types of harassment and what companies can do to mitigate the risk of harassment cases occurring at their company as well as how to react in the event a harassment claim is made.

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2018

Newsletter Common Misconceptions about GDPR (November 2018)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into effect on 25 May 2018. Due to its broad scope and its implications for the processing of personal data inside and outside of the EU, the GDPR has drawn attention on a global level. Since the GDPR has come into effect only recently, there are still many questions about the implementation and enforcement of the new rules. While some concerns turn out to be unfounded, a thorough investigation of the GDPR is imperative for companies around the globe doing business with Europe. This newsletter addresses frequent questions and miscon- ceptions about the GDPR with a focus on Japanese companies doing business with Germany.

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2022

Human Resources – Advocating for flexible, positive, and healthy workplaces

The chair of the EBC Human Resources Committee spoke with Eurobiz Japan about the committee’s activities.

What are some of the issues the committee is working to address?

One of the many issues we’re working to address is the need for employment legislation that encourages the creation of a competitive workforce based on merit and performance. Everyone understands that it’s necessary to adequately protect employees, but employers also need a legal framework within which it is possible to separate from significantly low-performing employees.
OPEN PDF

read more

Stricter policies, safer data – Amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information come into force

As the proportion of our lives that is digitally recorded, processed, and stored continues to rise, so does the need to protect that data and how it is used. A series of amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) came into effect at the start of this month, significantly altering the landscape for companies that collect data from their customers, business partners, or anyone else they interact with.

OPEN PDF
read more

2021

Special Newsflash Labor Law (Vaccination) (November 2021)

Japan has been a slow starter in terms of COVID-19 vaccination compared to other major economies. However, as vaccination efforts have been massively increased in the second half of 2021 and companies, universities and other facilities participated in the vaccination campaign by offering vaccinations for employees, students etc. on-site, the vaccination rate has steadily increased. As of 1 November 2021, it is estimated that almost 75% of Japan’s population has received two vaccination doses and is deemed fully vaccinated.

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Newsletter German Supply Chain Act (October 2021)

The new German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (the “Act”) introduces compliance obligations to prevent human rights and certain environmental risks along the entire value chain, from exploiting raw materials until delivering the final product to end customers. The Act follows a global trend of requiring companies to monitor their compliance with human rights and environmental core values.

OPEN PDF
read more

2020

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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2019

Newsletter Overtime (October 2019)

Overtime is one of the most sensitive topics in Japanese labor relations. Following the suicide of a young female employee of a major Japanese company in December 2015 due to working extensive hours, resulting in the resignation of the representative director of said company, the Japanese public’s perception of the social and legal consequences of overwork have changed and authorities are again on high alert. As a consequence, overtime related investigations by the competent authorities are expected to increase.

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read more

Newsletter Corporate Governance Structures (October 2019)

The Japanese Companies Act (JCA) offers several types of corporate governance schemes, which are mainly designed for public “large” corporations (i.e. companies with a paid-in share capital of JPY 500 million or more, or liabilities of JPY 20 billion or more), as such companies are obliged to implement a corporate governance structure prescribed under the law. However, also for private companies.

OPEN PDF
read more

2018

Newsletter Common Misconceptions about GDPR (November 2018)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into effect on 25 May 2018. Due to its broad scope and its implications for the processing of personal data inside and outside of the EU, the GDPR has drawn attention on a global level. Since the GDPR has come into effect only recently, there are still many questions about the implementation and enforcement of the new rules. While some concerns turn out to be unfounded, a thorough investigation of the GDPR is imperative for companies around the globe doing business with Europe. This newsletter addresses frequent questions and miscon- ceptions about the GDPR with a focus on Japanese companies doing business with Germany.

OPEN PDF
read more

2022

Human Resources – Advocating for flexible, positive, and healthy workplaces

The chair of the EBC Human Resources Committee spoke with Eurobiz Japan about the committee’s activities.

What are some of the issues the committee is working to address?

One of the many issues we’re working to address is the need for employment legislation that encourages the creation of a competitive workforce based on merit and performance. Everyone understands that it’s necessary to adequately protect employees, but employers also need a legal framework within which it is possible to separate from significantly low-performing employees.
OPEN PDF

read more

2021

Special Newsflash Labor Law (Vaccination) (November 2021)

Japan has been a slow starter in terms of COVID-19 vaccination compared to other major economies. However, as vaccination efforts have been massively increased in the second half of 2021 and companies, universities and other facilities participated in the vaccination campaign by offering vaccinations for employees, students etc. on-site, the vaccination rate has steadily increased. As of 1 November 2021, it is estimated that almost 75% of Japan’s population has received two vaccination doses and is deemed fully vaccinated.

OPEN PDF
read more

2020

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).

OPEN PDF
read more

2019

Newsletter Overtime (October 2019)

Overtime is one of the most sensitive topics in Japanese labor relations. Following the suicide of a young female employee of a major Japanese company in December 2015 due to working extensive hours, resulting in the resignation of the representative director of said company, the Japanese public’s perception of the social and legal consequences of overwork have changed and authorities are again on high alert. As a consequence, overtime related investigations by the competent authorities are expected to increase.

OPEN PDF
read more

2018

Newsletter Common Misconceptions about GDPR (November 2018)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into effect on 25 May 2018. Due to its broad scope and its implications for the processing of personal data inside and outside of the EU, the GDPR has drawn attention on a global level. Since the GDPR has come into effect only recently, there are still many questions about the implementation and enforcement of the new rules. While some concerns turn out to be unfounded, a thorough investigation of the GDPR is imperative for companies around the globe doing business with Europe. This newsletter addresses frequent questions and miscon- ceptions about the GDPR with a focus on Japanese companies doing business with Germany.

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