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December 27,
2017
[Online article] Fumiaki Matsuoka, Of Counsel, was quoted in an online article entitled "Japan's Bitcoin Guidance Throws Foreign Profits in Question," published by the International Tax Monitor, Bloomberg BNA (author Brian Yap).
December 25,
2017
[Article] "A Plan to Promote PPP/PFI for the Government," co-authored in Japanese by Motoki Imai, has been published in Shintoshi Vol.71 No.12, published by the City Planning Association of Japan.
December 25,
2017
[Article] "From Characters to Biotechnology and Optical Components," authored in Japanese by Chie Kasahara, Partner, has been published in Law & Technology No.78, published by Civil Law Institute.
December 25,
2017
[Publication] "The Entire Picture of the "Global Financial City: Tokyo" Vision – Global Financial City in Asia Revealed by the Project Team of Tokyo Metropolitan Government," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, and Eiichiro Hata, Partner, has been published by Banking Education Co., Ltd.
December 24,
2017
[Article] "Overview of the Amended Banking Act – Obligation to Make Efforts for Open API Required of Banks," authored in Japanese by Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in REGULATIONS Vol.11, December 2017, published by Seminar-Info.
December 21,
2017
[Client Alert - ENGLISH] Ryuichi Nozaki, Partner, and Daniel C. Hounslow, Consultant, have co-authored "Protecting Personal Information in the Age of Big Data – Japan's New Regime" (Updated and revised edition of our newsletter from February 2017).
December 14,
2017
[Online article] Fumiaki Matsuoka, Of Counsel, was quoted in an online article entitled "Japan Carmakers Brace for 20 Percent Excise Tax in U.S. Revamp," published by the International Tax Monitor, Bloomberg BNA (author Brian Yap).
December 11,
2017
[Article] "Although it's Booming, Investor Protection is Urgently Needed for ICOs," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published in Weekly Financial Affairs (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo), Vol.68 No.46, December 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs.
December 11,
2017
[Article] "Issues for Food Advertisements – Case Studies from the Legal Aspect," authored in Japanese by Kenichiro Saito, Partner, has been published in Japanese Pharmacology & Therapeutics Vol.45 No.11, published by Life Science Publishing Co., Ltd.
December 11,
2017
[Online article] Fumiaki Matsuoka, Of Counsel, was quoted in an online article entitled "Japan to Offer 'Internet of Things' Tax Credit to Companies," published by the International Tax Monitor, Bloomberg BNA (author Brian Yap).
December 06,
2017
[Article] "Dispute Resolution Practice in Vietnam (1) from Overview of Judicial and Arbitration Systems to Points for Drafting Clauses of Dispute Resolution," authored in Japanese by Yasuharu Miura, has been posted on Bizbuddy, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ's members-only website.
December 04,
2017
[Article] "Key Points for Operating an Internal Whistle-blower System for Overseas Subsidiary Control," authored in Japanese by Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, has been published in JUNKAN KEIRIJOUHOU No. 1498, December 2017, published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA, INC.
December 01,
2017
[Article] "In Relation to ICO Regulations, Europe & the US Moving to New Legislation; We should Keep an Eye on France & Israel, But the Majority Remain with the Application of Existing Rules," co-authored in Japanese by Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, Daisuke Tsuzuki, Joy Karugu, and Frank Becker, has been published in Nikkei FinTech, November 2017, published by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
November 16,
2017
[White Paper] "EU-U.S. Privacy Shield": Joy Karugu
November 15,
2017
[Online article] Fumiaki Matsuoka, Of Counsel, was quoted in an online article entitled "Japanese Multinationals Worry 'Purpose' Test is Confusing," published by the International Tax Monitor, Bloomberg BNA (author Brian Yap).
November 10,
2017
[Interview] Atsumi & Sakai was interviewed by Asian Legal Business (ALB), and the interview entitled "Japan in producing fewer lawyers, but not everyone is worried" has been published on ALB Insights No.34 on November 7, 2017.
November 09,
2017
[Article] "Wave of Regulations for Booming ICO Market: National Authorities Following the US One After Another, and China's Blanket Ban," co-authored in Japanese by Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Joy Karugu, published in Nikkei FinTech, October 2017, published by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
November 01,
2017
[Publication] "New Perspectives of Criminal Proceedings (Part 2)": Kumpei Ohashi (Partner)
October 16,
2017
[Article] "Snapshots of Developments in Japanese Fund Investment Markets and Practice," co-authored by Ryuichi Nozaki, Partner, and Eiichiro Hata, Partner, has been published in the International Asset Management & Investment Funds Review 2017/18, published by RJM Media Partners.
October 13,
2017
[Article] "Growth Strategy 2017: Fine-tuning Japan's Banking Act for Fintech," co-authored by Hiroo Atsumi, Partner, and Yuri Suzuki, Partner, has been published in Who's Who Legal: Japan 2017.
September 29,
2017
[Publication] Merger Control: International Series 3rd Edition, Japan chapter, co-authored by Setsuko Yufu, Partner, Partner, Saori Hanada, Partner, Masayuki Matsuura, Partner, and Tatsuo Yamashima has been published by Thomson Reuters.
September 21,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Fintech 2018, Japan chapter, co-authored in English by Ryuichi Nozaki, Partner, Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, Ryosuke Oue, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
September 15,
2017
[Article] Kiyoshi Yasutomi, Advisor, participated in a roundtable talk with Mr. Hisamichi Okamura, a Japanese attorney and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Medicine Kyoto University, and the report of the talk entitled "Cybersecurity and Criminal Law," has been published in NBL No.1106, September 2017, published by Shojihomu.
September 12,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Telecoms and Media 2017, Japan chapter, authored in English by Chie Kasahara, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
September 07,
2017
[Publication] "Understanding by Comparison of the Old and New – Annotations (Article by Article) to Amendments to the Civil Code (Law of Obligations)," co-authored in Japanese by Naoki Kanehisa, Partner, has been published by SHINNIPPON-HOKI PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
September 04,
2017
[Article] "Developments in Real Estate Crowdfunding and Legal Key Points," co-authored in Japanese by Shuji Koyama, Partner, and Eiichiro Hata, Partner, has been published in Weekly Financial Affairs (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo), No. 3228, September 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs.
September 01,
2017
[Article] "Realization Likelihood of the "Tokyo Version of the Financial Big Bang"," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Eiichiro Hata, Partenr, and Naoki Kanehisa, Partner, has been published in GINKO JITSUMU Vol. 47 No.8, September 2017, published by Banking Education Co., Ltd.
August 29,
2017
[Article] "Trends and Strategies in Legal Practice in Vietnam: Overview of the Personal Information Protection Act in Vietnam," authored in Japanese by Yasuharu Miura, has been posted on BizBuddy, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's members-only website.
August 24,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Trade & Customs 2018, Japan chapter, authored in English by Yuko Nihonmatsu, Partner, Fumiko Oikawa, Partner, and Mariko Sanno, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
August 23,
2017
[Interview] Setsuko Yufu, Partner, was interviewed by Waseda University Legal Alumni Association, for an interview entitled "Winning of Women Lawyer of the Year" published in the association's membership magazine Vol.2 and newsletter Vol.57.
August 16,
2017
[White Paper] "Personal Information Protection Act in Vietnam: Overview of the Cyber Security Law," authored in Japanese by Yasuharu Miura, has been published on the IJJ (Internet Initiative Japan) Business Risk Management Portal.
August 15,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2018, Japan chapter, co-authored in English by Miho Niunoya, Partner, and Masayuki Matsuura, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
August 09,
2017
[White Paper] "Overview of China's Cybersecurity Law and Compliance Required of Japanese Companies," authored in Japanese by Feng Qin Chen, Of Counsel, has been published on the IJJ (Internet Initiative Japan) Business Risk Management Portal.
August 02,
2017
[White Paper] "Personal Information Protection Act in Russia," authored in Japanese by Tadashi Yuzawa, Partner, has been published on the IJJ (Internet Initiative Japan) Business Risk Management Portal.
August 01,
2017
[Interview] Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, was interviewed by DX LEADERS, and the interview was published on its website on August 1, 2017 in an article entitled "Legal Key Points for Success of AI Business."
August 01,
2017
[Article] "Essential Changes to the Personal Information Protection Act," co-authored in Japanese by Michiro Suenaga, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in GINKO JITSUMU Vol. 47 No.8, August 2017, published by Banking Education Co., Ltd.
July 25,
2017
[White Paper] "Personal Information Protection Act in Singapore and Japanese Companies," authored in Japanese by Fumiaki Matsuoka, Of Counsel, has been published on the IJJ (Internet Initiative Japan) Business Risk Management Portal.
July 25,
2017
[Article] "Amendments to the Banking Act and Practical Tips: Mainly from a Financial Institution's Perspective," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in Finance Law Journal No. 2070, July 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs.
July 11,
2017
[Article] "Criminal Defence Clinic (5): Banning Interviews," authored in Japanese by Kumpei Ohashi, Partner, has been published in KIKAN KEIJI BENGO, Issue No.91, published by GENDAIJINBUNSHA.
July 11,
2017
[Interview] Setsuko Yufu, Partner, was interviewed by Asian Legal Business (ALB), and the interview entitled "Times are a-changin' for Japan's women lawyers" has been published on ALB Insights on July 5, 2017.
July 03,
2017
[Publication] "Inappropriate Defence and "Quality of Criminal Defence"," authored in Japanese by Kumpei Ohashi, Partner, has been published in the book "Constitutional Criminal Defence: Practical Approach by Attorney Takashi Takano" (in Japanese) by Nippon Hyoronsha Co., Ltd.
June 29,
2017
[Article] "The Impact of Japan's Plea-bargaining System on an Internal Whistle-blower System: Reinforcement of the Existing Systems and Utilization of In-house Leniency," co-authored in Japanese by Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, has been published in Business Homu Vol. 17 No.8, August 2017, published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA, INC.
June 22,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Risk & Compliance Management 2017, Japan chapter, co-authored in English by Hiroyuki Nezu, Partner, Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, Kumpei Ohashi, Partner, Teruhisa Toyama, Partner, and Tadashi Yuzawa, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
June 15,
2017
[Article] Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, participated in a roundtable talk with the innovation managers for three megabanks, and the report for the talk entitled "The Key for Developments on FinTech is a Trust Relationship Rather Than Technology: FinTech Roundtable (5)," has been published on the ZDNet Japan website.
June 15,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Advertising and Marketing 2017, Japan chapter, authored in English by Chie Kasahara, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
June 14,
2017
[Article] "GAR Know-How: Commercial Arbitration 2017 - Japan," co-authored by Yuko Nihonmatsu, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published on the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) website.
June 13,
2017
[Article] "Trends and Strategies in Legal Practice in Vietnam: Dispositions and the Rights Appeal System for Violations of Vietnamese Labor Law," authored in Japanese by Wataru Kamihigashi, has been posted on BizBuddy, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's members-only website.
June 12,
2017
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, acted as a Multi-stakeholder Process Member of the Revised "JIPDEC Privacy Policy" formulated by Japan Information Processing Development Center (JIPDEC).
June 08,
2017
[Article] Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, participated in a roundtable talk with the innovation managers for three megabanks, and the report of the talk entitled "How to Prevent "IT Giants" from Ravaging the Japanese Financial Marketplace: FinTech Roundtable (4)," has been published on the ZDNet Japan website.
June 07,
2017
[Article] "Doing Business in India - A Perspective from Japan," co-authored by Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, and Ashish Jejurkar, Of Counsel, has been published in "India Unleashed 2017 Legal and Investment Guide," published by Global Legal Media in association with Legally India.
June 02,
2017
[Article] "Amendments to the Banking Act and Practical Tips: Part 1-5," co-authored in Japanese by Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Partner, has been posted on SHOJIHOMU PORTAL, SHOJIHOMU CO., Ltd.’s members-only website.
June 01,
2017
[Web article] Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, participated in a roundtable talk with the innovation managers for three megabanks, and the report of the talk entitled "Conditions of Human Resources that Digitalize Banks: FinTech Roundtable (3)," has been published on the ZDNet Japan website.
May 27,
2017
[Publication] The Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies 2017, Japan chapter, co-authored by Setsuko Yufu, Partner, Saori Hanada, Partner, Masayuki Matsuura, Partner, and Tatsuo Yamashima, Partner, has been published by Global Competition Review.
May 26,
2017
[Article] "The Supreme Court of Japan Has Rejected a Petition for Provisional Disposition: Overview of the Court's Ruling and the "Right to be Forgotten"," authored in Japanese by Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, has been published in KAISHA HOMU A2Z, June 2017, published by Dai-ichi Hoki.
May 25,
2017
[Publication] "Q&As about Entertainment Law: Rights, Contracts, Troubleshooting, Related Laws and Overseas Transactions," co-authored in Japanese by Chie Kasahara, Partner, has been published by Civil Law Institute.
May 25,
2017
[Web article] Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, participated in a roundtable talk with the innovation managers for three megabanks, and the report of the talk entitled "Once Risk Averse, Banks Now Have a Rapidly Growing Start-up Spirit: FinTech Roundtable (2)," has been published on the ZDNet Japan website.
May 18,
2017
[Web article] Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, participated in a roundtable talk with the innovation managers for three megabanks, and the report of the talk entitled "3 Megabanks Talk about Forms of "Innovation in Banking": FinTech Roundtable (1)," has been published on the ZDNet Japan website.
May 10,
2017
[Publication] "Fintech: Business Strategies and the Law," co-authored in Japanese by the Fintech team of Atsumi & Sakai including Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
May 08,
2017
[Article] "Revised Cabinet Office Order Requiring Disclosure of Corporate Affairs in Securities Registrations and Reports," co-authored in Japanese by Mitsunobu Sato, has been published in Accounting Vol.69 No.6, published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA INC.
April 26,
2017
[Article] "Moving forward," co-authored by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published in the May 2017 edition of IFLR.
April 26,
2017
[Guide] "Guide for Building and Operating a Whistle-Blower System that Leads to Prevention and Early Discovery of Scandals," co-authored in Japanese by Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, and Teruhisa Toyama, Partner, has been published on the BUSINESS LAWYERS website.
April 21,
2017
[Article] "Expansion of Video-Link Witness Examination," authored in Japanese by Kumpei Ohashi, Partner, has been published in Jiyu to Seigi (Liberty & Justice) Vol.68 No.4, published by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
April 15,
2017
[Article] "Revised Cabinet Office Order Requiring Disclosure of Corporate Affairs in Securities Registrations and Reports," co-authored in Japanese by Mitsunobu Sato, has been published in JUNKAN KEIRIJOUHOU No.1477, April 2017, published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA INC, and published in Junkan Shoji Homu No. 2131, April 2017, published by Japan Institute of Business Law.
April 05,
2017
[Article] "Issues for Developing New Systems for Introduction of Open Bank API," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in Junkan Shoji Homu No. 2130, April 2017, published by Japan Institute of Business Law.
April 01,
2017
[Article] "Current Status of Autonomous Driving Technology and Future Outlook of Car Insurance," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, has been published in KINZAI Financial Plan No. 386, April 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
April 01,
2017
[Article] "Work in progress," co-authored by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, and Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in the April 2017 edition of IFLR.
March 28,
2017
Atsumi & Sakai's Innovation Practice Group was featured in "ALB Innovation List 2017" published in Asian Legal Business, March 2017, published by Thomson Reuters.
March 22,
2017
[Article] "In the spotlight," co-authored by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, and Eiichiro Hata, Partner, has been published in the March 2017 edition of IFLR.
March 21,
2017
[Publication] Getting the Deal Through - Defence & Security Procurement 2017, Japan chapter, co-authored in English by Kohei Masuda, Special Counsel, Ryuichi Nozaki, Partner, Yuri Suzuki, Partner, and Yuko Nihonmatsu, Partner, has been published by Law Business Research Ltd.
March 01,
2017
[Article] "FinTech: Key Points on Agency Services Including Electronic Payment," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in GINKO JITSUMU Vol. 47 No.3, March 2017, published by Banking Education Co., Ltd.
February 25,
2017
[Article] "Bank Application Programming Interface (API): Terms of Use Model and Practical Key Points," co-authored in Japanese by Yuri Suzuki, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Kenichi Tanizaki, Of Counsel, has been published in Finance Law Journal No.2060, February 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
February 17,
2017
Partner Yuri Suzuki was quoted in an online article entitled “Unfair ownership laws hinder Japan's fintech drive”, published by International Finacial Law Review (author Brian Yap).
February 16,
2017
[Publication] Private Equity Fund, authored in Japanese by Takumi Fukuda, Partner, has been published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA INC.
February 16,
2017
[Article] "Trends and Strategies in Legal Practice in Vietnam: Land Use Right in Vietnam and Real Estate Transactions," authored in Japanese by Wataru Kamihigashi, has been posted on Bizbuddy, The Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's members-only website.
February 08,
2017
[Article] "Contracts, Negotiation and Enforcement in Japan: Overview," co-authored by Junko Ogushi, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, and Keita Hitomi, has been published on the Practical Law website of Thomson Reuters.
January 30,
2017
[Article] "Business Opportunities and Practical Issues Lead by Bank Application Programming Interface (API): Convenient Service Delivery Enables Cost Saving and Commission Income Earning," co-authored in Japanese by Takafumi Ochiai, Of Counsel, has been published in Weekly Financial Affairs (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo), No. 3199, January 2017, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs.
January 18,
2017
[Interview] Yuri Suzuki, Partner, was interviewed by Asian Legal Business (ALB), and the interview entitled "Industry Focus: Fintech - Japan" has been published in Asian Legal Business, January 2017, published by Thomson Reuters.
January 16,
2017
[Article] "New Standards of "Insurance Solicitation" and "Solicitation-related Action," authored in Japanese by Hirofumi Hosoda, has been published in Journal of Insurance Science, Issue 635, January 2017, published by the Japanese Society of Insurance Science.
January 10,
2017
[Article] "Outline of the Vietnamese Legal System in the Context of Real Estate Investment: Recent Legislative and Business Trends," authored in Japanese by Wataru Kamihigashi, has been published in The Lawyers, January 2017, published by ILS Publications, Inc
January 10,
2017
[Article] "Changes to the Way in Which Consumption Tax is Assessed on Cross-border Internet-based Services," authored in Japanese by Fumiaki Matsuoka, has been published in The Lawyers, January 2017, published by ILS Publications, Inc.