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Japan: Act Provides for Money to be Paid to Victims of Overseas Crimes

(Sept. 8, 2016) Japan’s Act on Provision of Condolence Money to Victims of Overseas Crime (Condolence Money Act) was promulgated on June 7, 2016.  (Act No. 73, KANPO (June 7, 2016) (in Japanese).)  For crime victims inside Japan, there is a law that obligates the government to provide condolence money to them.  (Act on Support […]

Japan: New Act Targets Hate Speech Against Persons from Outside Japan

(Aug. 31, 2016) In Japan, “hate speech” against people with a specific ethnic origin has become a social issue. (Summary of Press Conference by Minister of Justice After Cabinet Meeting (Jan. 16, 2015), Ministry of Justice (MOJ) (in Japanese).)  The MOJ released a report on hate speech in March 2016 that stated that there were […]

Japan: Act on Specified Commercial Transactions Amended

(Aug. 29, 2016) An amendment to Japan’s Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (No. 57 of June 4, 1976, Japanese Law Translation) was promulgated on June 3, 2016.  (Act No. 60 of 2016, KANPO (June 3, 2016) (in Japanese).)  Most of the amended provisions will become effective within 18 months of the promulgation date.  (Id., Supp. […]

Japan: Renewable Energy Special Measures Act Amended

(Aug. 16, 2016) On June 3, 2016, Japan promulgated an amendment to the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities (Renewable Energy Special Measures Act). (Act No. 108 of 2011, JAPANESE LAW TRANSLATION; Act No. 59 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (June 3, 2016), at 39 (in Japanese).)  […]

Japan: Real Estate Transaction Business Act Amended

(Aug. 4, 2016) An amendment to Japan’s Real Estate Transaction Business Act (Act No. 176 of 1952) was promulgated on June 3, 2016. (Act to Amend the Real Estate Transaction Business Act, Act No. 56 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (June 3, 2016), at 31, Official Gazette website (in Japanese).) The Japanese government is trying to […]

Japan: Act Aims to Promote Trade in Legally Produced Timber

(July 28, 2016) Japan’s Act on Promotion of Distribution and Use of Legally Logged Wood Products was promulgated on May 20, 2016.  (Act No. 48 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (in Japanese).)  Under the new Act, wood product companies may apply for registration, certifying that they will apply measures to trade only in legally produced timber in their […]

Japan: Ports and Harbors Act Amended to Encourage More Foreign Visitors from Cruise Ships

(July 25, 2016) The Japanese government has in recent years made efforts to attract greater numbers of foreign visitors.  To that end, the Cabinet established the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference in 2013. (Regarding Establishment of the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference, Cabinet Consent (Mar. 26, 2013), Cabinet website (in Japanese).) As one […]

Japan: PCB Special Measures Act Amended

(July 25, 2016) An amendment to the Act on Special Measures for Promotion of Proper Treatment of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) (PCB Special Measures Act) was promulgated by the Japanese government on May 2, 2016. (Act No. 34 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (in Japanese).) PCBs, which are ”man-made organic chemicals consisting of carbon, hydrogen and chlorine atoms,” have been shown “to cause […]

Japan: Emperor Akihito Announces Intention to Abdicate

(July 14, 2016) It was reported on July 13, 2016, that Emperor Akihito of Japan intends to abdicate the throne in favor of his first son, Crown Prince Naruhito.  (Emperor Expressed His Intention to ‘Abdicate,’ NHK News Web (July 13, 2016) (in Japanese).)  As there is no provision on abdication in the Imperial House Act, […]

Japan: New Law on Preservation of Remote Island Areas

(June 20, 2016) The Act on Preservation of Areas of Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas and Maintenance of Local Societies on Areas of Specified Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas (Act on Preserving Remote Island Areas) was promulgated by Japan on April 27, 2016. (Act No. 33 of 2016, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE].)  It will be […]