Japan

Japan is a sovereign island located in East-Asia. It is often referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” given its name means “sun origin”. The country consists of nearly 6900 smaller islands, with the largest being Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku, making up approximately 97% of the country’s land area. With a population of nearly 128 million, it is the 10th most populous country in the world, with about 9.1 million living in the country’s capital, Tokyo.

Japan is a member of the UN, G7, G8, and G20, OECD, and is considered a great power in the world. It has the third largest nominal GDP in the world, and fourth largest purchasing power parity (PPP). It is also the world’s fourth largest exporter and importer of goods. A skilled workforce, which are considered among the most educated in the world, the country is a major trade partner and economic driver for other nations around the world.

Japan has the world’s eighth largest military budget worldwide, with primary goals of peacekeeping and self-defense. The country enjoys the highest life expectancy worldwide, and the country is highly regarded for its cinema, cuisine, tourism, and modern-day technology production, among other facets. Nearly 73% of the country’s landmass is forested, mountainous, and isn’t suitable for agriculture, or industrial/residential use. Because of this, the 27% of the country’s hospitable zones, are high density populations.

As a constitutional monarchy, the Emperor has very limited powers in Japan; the constitution defines the Emperor as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people". The Chief Prime Minister and cabinet control a majority of the executive authority in the country. The Japanese legal system is highly influenced by Chinese law, but since the 19th century the judicial system has been highly influenced by the civil laws of Europe, most notably that of Germany.

In Japan, the judicial power is vested in the Supreme Court.  Lower courts include the High Court, District Court, Family Courts and Summary Courts.  The judiciary is independent, as guaranteed by the Japanese Constitution, and most judges are basically lifetime employees of the government.

Japan is home to some of the most technologically advanced auto-manufacturers in the world, ships, steel and nonferrous metals, machine tools, processed foods, textiles, and machine tools. Among the leading exports from Japan were auto, electronics, transportation equipment, semiconductor, iron and steel parts. Its leading imports included fossil fuels, chemicals, textiles, raw materials, and machinery/equipment. Tourism is also a major economic driver, with nearly 20 million visiting the country in 2015, and over 24 million tourists visiting in 2016.

The National Law Review covers news stories from Japan, which affect the country, and international markets alike. Pharmaceuticals, healthcare sector, international trade, imports and exports, CFIUS and international purchases/acquisitions, fuel policies, and foreign relations. From international trade, company acquisitions, sales, cybersecurity and cryptocurrency markets, or new legislation between Japan and foreign country’s governments, the National Law Review has up to date news visitors want to read.

Date Title Organization
20
Feb
New US Action Against Melamine Imports Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
15
Feb
New Antidumping and Countervailing Petitions on Melamine from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago ArentFox Schiff LLP
9
Feb
Competition Currents | February 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
Feb
Uniqlo v. SHEIN Wrapped Up in Legal Battle Over Alleged Intellectual Property Violations Norris McLaughlin P.A.
5
Feb
Made in America is Alive and Well as Are Large Penalties for Violations: Kubota to Pay $2 Million for False Claims ArentFox Schiff LLP
1
Feb
EuropaBio Publishes Biomanufacturing Global Series Reports on the United States, India, and Japan Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
24
Jan
Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Nippon Steel Corp. and United States Steel Corp. Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
17
Jan
International Trade, Enforcement & Compliance Recent Developments Update (January 17, 2024) Foley & Lardner LLP
16
Jan
Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
16
Jan
Japan | Special Measures for Residence Applicants Berry Appleman & Leiden
12
Jan
Competition Currents | January 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
10
Jan
(Un)fair Use? Copyrighted Works as AI Training Data — AI: The Washington Report Mintz
18
Dec
Thailand | Visa-free Entry Expanded for Japanese Tourists with Business Interests Berry Appleman & Leiden
11
Dec
Sri Lanka | New Visa Policies Announced to Boost Tourism and Foreign Investment Berry Appleman & Leiden
11
Dec
Competition Currents | December 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
27
Nov
Considering DPF Certification? It May be Worth Considering APEC Certifications, Too Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
23
Nov
Foley Automotive Update Foley & Lardner LLP
3
Nov
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
2
Nov
Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Nov
EU and Japan Reach Landmark Agreement on Cross-Border Data Flow Barnes & Thornburg LLP
31
Oct
Japan Shareholder Reporting Reform K&L Gates
31
Oct
Two Significant AI Announcements: Spooky for AI Developers? Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
5
Oct
Competition Currents | October 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
4
Oct
Japan Will Create Special Business Zones for Asset Managers K&L Gates
2
Oct
Snapshot: New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Aluminum Lithographic Printing Plates from China and Japan ArentFox Schiff LLP
2
Oct
TRADE ALERT: New U.S. Action Against Aluminum Lithographic Printing Plates From China and Japan Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
28
Sep
High Alert: China Linked BlackTech Hides in Router Firmware Robinson & Cole LLP
28
Sep
Pending CFIUS Filing: Renesas Electronics Corporation and Sequans Communications S.A. Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Sep
Japanese Government Identified Issues Related to AI and Copyrights K&L Gates
24
Aug
China Bans Seafood from Japan Keller and Heckman LLP
17
Jul
Competition Currents | July 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
6
Jul
Japanese Privacy Regulator Cautioned Businesses Regarding Issues Relating to Generative AI Services K&L Gates
20
Jun
EU-Based Asset Managers Press J-Power on GHG Emissions Targets and Disclosures, Signaling Shift in Focus to Japan Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
12
Jun
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | June 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
23
May
Is G7 Support for ISSB Climate Reporting Standards a Sign That Scope 3 Emission Disclosures Will Soon Be Required in U.S.? Barnes & Thornburg LLP
11
Apr
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | April 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
6
Apr
Chips Chatter: March 14-April 3, 2023 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
17
Mar
Chips Chatter: March 4-13, 2023 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
9
Mar
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | March 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
10
Feb
Competition Currents | February 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Feb
EPO and IEA Release Hydrogen Patent Report Showing Automotive Sector Plays a Key Role in Innovation Foley & Lardner LLP
23
Jan
Asia Pacific Legal Market Summary January 2023 Major Lindsey & Africa
19
Jan
Chips Chatter: January 10-17, 2023 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
12
Jan
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | January 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
11
Jan
Embracing the positives from the dark times of the pandemic Major Lindsey & Africa
9
Jan
Chips Chatter: January 2-9 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
16
Dec
EU Requests Establishment of WTO Panel in Chinese Anti-Suit Injunction Patent Cases Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
13
Dec
Investor-State Arbitration: 2022 ICSID Rule Amendments and Update on Japanese Renewable Energy Claims Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
Dec
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | December 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
8
Dec
Global Perspective on Patenting of Blockchain, Crypto, and DeFi Technologies ArentFox Schiff LLP
 

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