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Japan: Catastrophic Disaster Response Activated Following Hokkaido Earthquake

(Sept. 27, 2018) Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido, was hit by a powerful earthquake on September 6, 2018, causing people great suffering from the disruption of their normal lives and severe economic damage. (Haruka Nuga, Death Toll Rises, Flights Resume, Power Back in Japan Quake, AP NEWS (Sept. 8, 2018).) Prime Minister Abe announced on September […]

Japan: Law to Establish Casino Resorts Enacted

(Sept. 20, 2018) The Act on Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Areas was enacted in Japan in July 2017. (Integrated Resort Development Act, Act No. 80 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra ed. No. 166 (July 27, 2018), at 18, National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) This Act corresponds to the Act on Promotion […]

Japan: Basic Act on Countermeasures Against Gambling Addiction Enacted

(Sept. 13, 2018) The Basic Act on Countermeasures Against Gambling Addiction was enacted in Japan in July 2018. (Basic Act, Act No. 74 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra ed. No. 154 (July 13, 2018), National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) The Basic Act will become effective by mid-October 2018. (Id. Supp. Provisions art. 1.) […]

Japan: Civil Code Amended to Enable Elderly Widows and Widowers to Continue Living in Deceased Spouse’s Residence

(Sept. 6, 2018) The inheritance chapter of Japan’s Civil Code was amended in July 2018. (Act to Amend Civil Code and Domestic Relations Case Procedure Act, Act No. 72 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra Ed., No. 154, at 4 (July 13, 2018), National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) The amendment will become effective by July […]

Japan: Short-Term Home Rentals Restricted by Many Local Governments

(Aug. 31, 2018) In June 2017 the Diet (Japan’s Parliament) enacted the House Sharing Business Act, which regulates short-term home renting (minpaku). (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Law on Renting Rooms in Private Homes to Tourists, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (June 16, 2017).) The new law became effective on June 15, 2018. (Press Release, Japan Tourism Agency, Cabinet […]

Japan: Age of Adulthood to Be Lowered to 18 in 2022

(Aug. 30, 2018) The Diet (Japan’s Parliament) passed an act in June 2018 to amend the Civil Code and other laws (Act No. 59 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra Ed. No. 132, at 6 (June 20, 2018), National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese)) to lower the age of adulthood to 18 (CIVIL CODE, as […]

Japan: Commercial Code Amended, Language Modernized

(Aug. 27, 2018) Japan’s Commercial Code (Act No. 48 of 1899, as amended, e-Gov website (in Japanese)) was amended and promulgated on May 25, 2018. (Act No. 29 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], Extra Ed. No. 111, at 4 (May 25, 2018), National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) The highlights of the amendment include the addition […]

Japan: Smoking Regulations Are Getting Stricter

(Aug. 20, 2018) Japan has strengthened its tobacco regulations with an act to amend the Health Promotion Act. The amending act was promulgated on July 25, 2018. (Act No. 103 of 2002, as amended, e-Gov website (in Japanese); Act No. 78 of 2018, Kanpou website (in Japanese).)  In order to protect people who want to […]

Japan: Climate Change Adaptation Act Enacted

(June 26, 2018) The Japanese Diet enacted the Climate Change Adaptation Act in June 2018. (Act No. 50 of 2018, Kanpou Extra Ed. No. 126, at 41 (June 13, 2018) (in Japanese).) Before this legislation was passed, measures to reduce greenhouse gases were adopted on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Warming Countermeasures […]

Japan: Three Holidays to Be Moved to Ease 2020 Olympic Ceremony Traffic

(June 26, 2018) The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Special Measures Act (Act No. 33 of 2015) was amended on June 20, 2018. (Act to Amend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Special Measures Act, Act No. of 2018, Kanpou Special Ed. No. 132, at 5 (June 20, 2018) (in Japanese).) Under the new Act, the dates […]