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Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

Death by Overwork in Japan: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce From Across the World

In the wake of increased international focus on karoshi—a common Japanese term meaning “death by overwork”—Japan’s government and business leaders alike agree that Japan’s “culture of overwork” is a critical issue in need of...more

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Japan is widely perceived to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Transparency International ranked Japan as the 20th least corrupt country out of 176 in the most recent Corruption Perceptions Index. The World...more

The President’s Trip To Asia

by King & Spalding on

The President’s first trip to Asia provided additional insight into his priorities for the region. The 12-day trip, which began on November 5, included visits to five countries – Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the...more

International Trademarks: Japan has Embraced Color

by Revision Legal on

Trademarking colors has been a complex and confusing legal history question. Color has always been allowed as part of the mark design, but for many years trademarking was denied for stand-alone colors and schemes. Even now...more

Japan Legal Update Volume 31 | November 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor & Employment - Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Requests Employer Associations to Prepare for the Conversion Rule - As April 1, 2018, will mark the fifth year since the "Rule on conversion of...more

The Evolving Global Theatrical Stage

Movies may be the United States’ most powerful export. The U.S. is still the leading film market by box office revenue worldwide. From the early 20th century to the turn of the 21st, Hollywood films represented the majority...more

The Magic of Mt. Gox

by Bryan Cave on

Arthur C. Clarke famously observed: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Our regulatory, legislative, and judicial systems illustrate this principle whenever new technology exceeds the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

November 2017: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update

Safe Harbors in, Ipso Facto Clauses out: A (Long Overdue) Shake Up of Australian Insolvency Laws. The federal government has this month passed a suite of insolvency reforms with the consequence of significantly elevating the...more

Developments in Global Securities Litigation

by Dechert LLP on

As securities markets become increasingly interconnected, multi- national public corporations continue to be a part of a significant sea change in the globalization of securities fraud litigation—a change that began with the...more

Japanese Regulator Unveils New Regulatory Framework on High-Frequency Trading, Seeking Public Comments

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the Japanese Diet passed an amendment bill (the “2017 Amendment”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (Act No. 25 of 1948) (the “FIEA”). The 2017 Amendment includes new regulation on...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

by White & Case LLP on

Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...more

ALJ Doubles Down on Compelling Depositions in the U.S.

by Jones Day on

ALJ McNamara recently confirmed and tightened her previous order compelling depositions of certain Japanese witnesses in the United States. Certain Digital Cable And Satellite Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1049, Order No....more

USPTO Expands Collaborative Search Pilot Program

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As announced in this October 30, 2017 Federal Register notice, the USPTO is expanding the Collaborative Search Pilot Program under which applicants can request that multiple intellectual property offices exchange search...more

Renewal of Fixed Term Employment Contracts

by K&L Gates LLP on

It is well known that one of the reasons for the Japanese economy’s significant recovery after the Second World War is a unique life-long, full time employment system, where employees are employed by a business until they...more

Japanese Deposition Update: Travel Fees

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As many attorneys in the field know, the world of international law is constantly changing. Standards and practices recently adhered to may not be the norm today, as foreign jurisdictions frequently update their procedures...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution with the New Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot Program

On November 1, 2017 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an expansion of the Collaborative Search Pilot Program (CSP), which began in 2015 and ended earlier in 2017, to expedite prosecution of related...more

Japan: De-Regulation, The Japan Fair Trade Commission and Take or Pay Disputes

by King & Spalding on

1. INTRODUCTION - Historically, the Japanese gas and electricity markets could best be described as a collection of regional monopolies, each with its own energy champion (the “Japanese Incumbents”). In more recent...more

Arbitration World

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to this 35th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and...more

Japan's National Tax Agency releases guidance on requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure assistance

by DLA Piper on

The Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) has released guidance for taxpayers on the mutual agreement procedure (MAP), in line with the recommendations of the OECD's Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action 14 Final...more

Distributed Ledger Technology in the Financial Market Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Project Stella report, a European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan (BOJ) joint venture, details the applicability of distributed ledger technology for financial market infrastructure. During a one-month research...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 30 | October 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor & Employment - Outline of Japanese Legislation for the Promotion of Work Style Reform Held Reasonable - On September 8, 2017, Japan's Labour Policy Council announced its opinion that the "Outline of Legislation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

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