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2020

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...

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...

Newsletter Notification Obligations for Investors in Listed Companies (June 2020)

Equity investments in a public Japanese stock corporation must be made in compliance with various regulatory filing obligations. This newsletter summarizes the major reporting obligations to be...

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...

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...

Newsflash Subsidies for Employers related to COVID-19 (May 2020)

To alleviate the financial burden of employers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Japanese government has decided to subsidize certain employment related cost-reduction measures which may...

Newsflash COVID-19 Labor Relations (2) (April 2020)

In the current situation, many companies are considering HR-related measures to cope with the economic challenges they are facing. Such measures may range from requesting employees to take part of...

Newsflash COVID-19 Effect on Commercial Contracts (March 2020)

COVID-19 now forces domestic and foreign companies to assess if the performance of their ongoing contracts is still possible or cancellation needed, together with the various legal consequences...

Newsflash COVID-19 Labor Relations (1) (January 2020)

A new coronavirus (temporarily named “2019-nCoV” by the WHO) which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan is now spreading worldwide. The coronavirus has been declared by the WHO as a...

2019

Newsletter Assertion of Monetary Claims (November 2019)

Claim collection in Japan has become an increasingly challenging task in times of a difficult economical environment. Where claims cannot be successfully settled out-of-court, the sole remaining...

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...

Newsletter Labor Law Restructuring Human Resources (October 2019)

An increasingly competitive and cost oriented business environment often requires employers to review and restructure their human resources. Such process may include anything from the revision of...

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...

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...

ARQIS Newsletter Data Protection Update (January 2019)

As of 23 January 2019, Japan and the EU have formally adopted their reciprocal adequacy decision on each other’s data protection framework. The mutual recognition creates the world’s largest area of...

Newsletter Labor Law Work-Style Reform (January 2019)

After a number of prominent fatalities that have been linked to excessive working hours at some of Japan’s largest corporations in 2015 / 2016 and increasing public pressure, the government...

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...

Newsletter Data Protection (February 2018)

Due to the continuing digitalization of society and business the issue of data protection gains increasing importance also from a legal perspective. Faced with the rapid technological developments,...

2020

Newsflash COVID-19 Labor Relations (2) (April 2020)

In the current situation, many companies are considering HR-related measures to cope with the economic challenges they are facing. Such measures may range from requesting employees to take part of their annual paid leave to outright salary cuts or redundancy. This newsflash addresses some legal...

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Newsflash COVID-19 Effect on Commercial Contracts (March 2020)

COVID-19 now forces domestic and foreign companies to assess if the performance of their ongoing contracts is still possible or cancellation needed, together with the various legal consequences arising therefrom. In this newsflash, we have addressed the following four imminent questions under...

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2019

Newsletter Labor Law Work-Style Reform (January 2019)

After a number of prominent fatalities that have been linked to excessive working hours at some of Japan’s largest corporations in 2015 / 2016 and increasing public pressure, the government initiated a so-called “Work-Style Reform”. The reform aims at reducing excessive overtime hours of employees...

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