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Japan: Act on Promotion of Use of Bicycles

(Feb. 16, 2017) The Act on Promotion of the Use of Bicycles was promulgated on December 16, 2016.  (Act No. 113 of 2016, KANPO, Extra Ed. No. 278 (Dec. 16, 2016) at 38 (in Japanese).)  The Act will be effective within six months of the promulgation date.  (Id. Supp. Provisions, art. 1.)  This is the […]

Japan: Merchants to Be Required to Have IC Chip Readers for Credit Cards

(Jan. 18, 2017) An amendment to Japan’s Installment Sales Act (Act No. 159 of 1961) was promulgated on December 9, 2016. (Act to Amend the Installment Sales Act, Act No. 99 of 2016, KANPO Extra Edition No. 273 (Dec. 9, 2016), at 3, KANPO website (in Japanese).)  The amendment aims to enhance credit card security. […]

Japan: Foreign Caregivers Will Soon Be Able to Work in Japan

(Dec. 27, 2016) An amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Immigration Control Act) and a new law, the Act on Adjustment of Technical Training of Foreigners and Foreign Technical Trainees’ Protection (Technical Training Act), were promulgated in Japan on November 28, 2016. (Acts No. 88 & 89 of 2016, KANPO, Extra Edition […]

Japan: Two Outer Space-Related Laws Enacted

(Dec. 19, 2016) Two outer space-related laws were promulgated in Japan’s official gazette on November 16, 2016: the Act on Launching Artificial Satellites and Managing Satellites (Satellite Act, Act No. 76 of 2016) and the Act on Securing Proper Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Records (Remote Sensing Records Act, Act No.77 of 2016).  (Texts of […]

Japan: Act to Secure Education for Emotionally Challenged Children

(Dec. 14, 2016) The Act on Securing Opportunities for Education Equivalent to Ordinary Education During the Ages of Mandatory Education was passed by the Diet (Japan’s parliament) and promulgated on December 14, 2016.  (Kanpo, Extra No. 276, at 13 (Dec. 14, 2016) (in Japanese).)   Based on the Act, the government will support “free schools” that […]

Japan: Amendment to Law on Prevention of Damage by Wildlife Enacted

(Dec. 13, 2016) The Act to Amend the Act on Special Measures for Prevention of Damage Related to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Caused by Wildlife was promulgated on December 2, 2016.  (Act No. 97 of 2016, KANPO, Extra No. 267 (Dec. 2, 2016) at 13 (in Japanese); Act on Special Measures for Prevention of Damage […]

South Korea: President May Be Impeached

(Dec. 2, 2016) An impeachment motion against South Korean President Park Geun-hye has now been delayed and it is not certain whether it will be brought against her in, and passed by, the National Assembly. (Yoon-seung Kang, Impeachment Motion Delayed as Oppositions Fail to Narrow Gap, YONHAP NEWS (Dec. 1, 2016); for background on the […]

South Korea: Scandal Raises Questions About the Future of the President

(Nov. 23, 2016) On November 20, 2016, South Korean prosecutors indicted Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of President Park Geun-hye, on charges of abuse of power, coercion, attempted coercion, and attempted fraud. The prosecutors also announced that Park is subject to investigation in the case as a co-conspirator. (Myo-ja Ser, Prosecutors Announce President Park Is […]

Japan: Bitcoin to Be Regulated

(Nov. 4, 2016) On June 3, 2016, an act that amended Japan’s Bank Act and other acts, including the Payment Services Act, was promulgated. (Act to Amend Parts of the Bank Act and Other Acts in Order to Correspond with Changes in the Environment Made by Information and Communications Technologies, Act No. 62 of 2016, […]

South Korea: Constitutional Court Rejects Petition on Corruption Law

(Sept. 14, 2016) The Act on the Prohibition of Unjust Solicitation and Giving and Receiving of Money, Goods, etc. (Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, Act No. 13278) was promulgated in South Korea on March 27, 2015. (Sayuri Umeda, South Korea: Controversial Anti-Corruption Law Promulgated, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Apr. 16, 2015).)  After the National Assembly passed […]