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Grace Under Pressure – Professionalism and Problem Solving

It has often been said that professionalism is not the job you do, it’s how you do the job. The truth of this old adage was made especially clear recently during depositions taking place in Tokyo. Unlike depositions in most...more

Abenomics Liberalization: Japanese Companies no Longer Require a Japanese Resident Representative Director

On March 16, 2015, the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice of Japan (the “CAB”) issued a notice (the “Notice”) that the Legal Affairs Bureaus (the “LAB”) would accept incorporation applications for corporations...more

Renewable Energy In The Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview - 3RD EDITION (with specific 2014 additions)

It is rare to find a government in the Asia Pacific region that is not willing to promote their nation’s “push for renewables” amidst an increasingly carbon constrained world. Behind closed doors, governments are well aware...more

From Hiring to Firing: A Basic Guide To The Japanese Employment Law Life Cycle

Hiring: As a general rule, employers in Japan can freely determine the person they would like to hire as an employee, provided that discrimination on the basis of certain protected categories is not permitted. Employees...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

Japanese Fund Regulatory Framework—2015 Amendment

On March 24, 2015, an amendment bill (“Amendment Bill”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (“FIEA”) was approved by the Cabinet and was submitted to the Diet for its consideration. The Amendment Bill...more

Japanese IP High Court’s Challenges

The Intellectual Property High Court of Japan established in April 2005 will have its 10th anniversary this April. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit founded in 1982 is the model for this IP specialized court....more

Abolition of resident representative requirement for subsidiaries of foreign companies in Japan

In an effort to boost foreign investments in Japan, the Cabinet Office recently resolved to eliminate the residency requirements for representatives of Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies. The change took effect on...more

Be Global - March 2015

Brazil: Limit on Employer Obligation to Deduct Union Dues - The Brazilian Supreme Court has recently enacted Binding Precedent no. 40, which states that union support contributions are only payable by those who are...more

Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

February 2015: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update: Injunctive Relief for SEPs Limited in Japan.

Injunctive Relief for SEPs Limited in Japan. Japan appears to be limiting injunctive and exclusionary relief for holders of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) encumbered by Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND)...more

ESMA and JFSA Conclude a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding CCPs

On January 24, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) finalized a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) regarding central counterparties (CCPs). Under Article 25(2)(c)...more

No Longer at Lager-Heads: Anheuser-Busch Settles Claim over Kirin Beer’s Origin

Early this year, Anheuser-Busch settled a class suit filed against it by two Miami residents who alleged that the company was deceptively advertising Kirin beer as imported from Japan, when in fact it is brewed in the United...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015

Europe and US Receive Good Grades for PFMI Implementation; Japan Receives the Best Grade - Regulators in the European Union, Japan and the United States have made “good progress” in implementing the Principles of...more

Japan: Significant Changes In Consumption Tax

Raise in Consumption Tax Rate Postponed - On November 18, 2014, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, officially announced that the increase of the consumption tax rate which was originally planned to occur in October...more

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

Prepare for the Japanese Patent Opposition System Coming Soon

The Japanese Patent Act was revised on May 14, 2014 to provide for post-grant oppositions within one year of the rule change, i.e., by May 14, 2015 (the exact effective date has not yet been set). Under the new opposition...more

Employment Issues For Multinationals: What To Expect In 2015

In this issue: Asia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, UK, Middle East, Qatar, North America, U.S. An excerpt from China:...more

2015: This Is The Year Ahead: Summary Of Likely Trends And Legislative Developments Across Asia This Year

In This Issue: China; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; and Singapore. Excerpt from Korea: The Korean government is proposing to amend the Employee Retirement Benefit Securities Act to promote the implementation...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, January 2015

In this issue: - Japan Releases Exposure Draft of New Corporate Governance Code - Launch of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation...more

Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage to Take Effect

Japan recently submitted its instrument of acceptance to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, triggering the CSC’s entry into force on April 15, 2015....more

Federal District Court Ruling in Fukushima Daiichi Case Has Implications for Global Nuclear Liability Management

A recent ruling in Cooper v. Tokyo Electric Power Company, No. 12-CV-3032, S.D. Cal., Oct. 28, 2014, one of three lawsuits filed in the United States related to the 2011 incident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant,...more

Global Cartel Enforcement - 2014 Year In Review

To name only a few, the U.S. faced challenges over the extent of its jurisdictional reach; China was criticised for questionable investigative practices and allegedly protectionist use of its antitrust powers; and Japan faced...more

"The 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration"

The IBA Council in Tokyo recently approved a revised version of the International Bar Association’s Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration (the Guidelines). The new Guidelines entail changes...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - December 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Fundamental Reform Ahead For European Patent Law - Patentability of Isolated Nucleic Acid - Patent Reform – Is It Working? - Right To Privacy In Japan - Supreme Court Corner - The FTC...more

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