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Japan: Drone Flight Guidelines Amended to Require Registered and Searchable Online Flight Plans

(Oct. 11, 2019) Japan’s Guidelines for Permission/Approval Concerning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight (Nov. 17, 2015) were amended on July 26, 2019. Under the amendment, all flight plans of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are subject to permission (kyoka) or approval (shonin) must be registered in the online flight information sharing system managed by the Ministry […]

Japan: New Ainu Law Becomes Effective

(Aug. 5, 2019) A new act that legally recognizes the Ainu as the indigenous people of Japan was promulgated on April 26, 2019, and became effective on May 24, 2019. (Act on Promoting Measures to Realize a Society in Which the Pride of the Ainu People Is Respected, Act No. 16 of 2019 (Ainu Promotion […]

Japan: Law Requiring Surgery for Legal Change of Gender Ruled Constitutional

(Apr. 12, 2019) On January 23, 2019, Japan’s Supreme Court held that a law requiring that transgender people undergo gender-change surgery in order to have their gender changed on official documents is constitutional. (Supreme Court, 2018(ku) No. 269 (Jan. 23, 2019) (click on the two characters beside the PDF icon), Supreme Court of Japan website […]

Japan: Law to Regulate Ticket Resales Enacted

(Jan. 24, 2019) With the 2020 Summer Olympics due to begin in Japan in July 2020, the Diet (Japan’s Parliament) has enacted a law aimed at preventing Olympic tickets from becoming unaffordable because of ticket scalping. ([Tokyo Olympics] Ticket Resale Law Will Provide Penalty, Imprisonment up to 1 year: Liberal Democratic Party Members, SANKEI (Mar. 6, […]

Japan: Supreme Court Decides Registered Owner of Car Responsible for Damages Caused by Actual Owner

(Jan. 3, 2019) On December 17, 2018, the Supreme Court of Japan held the registered owner of a car liable for the personal injury caused by the car’s driver, who was the actual owner of the car. (Sup. Ct., 2018 (ju) 16 (Dec. 17, 2018) (in Japanese, click characters besides PDF icon).) The Act on […]

Japan: Basic Act on Cybersecurity Amended

(Dec. 26, 2018) The Diet (Japan’s Parliament) recently passed a bill to amend the 2014 Basic Act on Cybersecurity. (Act No. 91 of 2018, KANPOU (official gazette) extra ed. No. 274, at 5 (Dec. 12, 2018), Kanpou website (in Japanese) (amending Basic Act on Cybersecurity, Act No. 104 of 2014, English version available on the Japanese […]

Japan: Water Supply Act Amended

(Dec. 18, 2018) In an effort to counter issues faced by water supply businesses arising from both a decrease in water demand caused by Japan’s population decline and a decrease in the number of aging water facilities, the Diet (Japanese Parliament) has passed an act that amends the Water Supply Act. (Act No. 92 of […]

Japan: High Court Rules Tattooing Is Not a Medical Act

(Nov. 23, 2018) On November 14, 2018, the Osaka High Court acquitted a tattoo artist who had been convicted of violating the Medical Practitioners Act. (Osaka High Ct., Case No. 2017 (u) No. 1117 (Nov. 14, 2018) (in Japanese), posted by defense lawyers, Good Morning website.) Previously, the Osaka District Court had imposed a fine […]