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.

Custom text Title Organization
May
21
2024
Cross-Border Catch-Up: The Trend Away From Lifetime Employment in Japan [Podcast] Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
May
17
2024
State Department Announces New J-1 Visa Japanese Specialist Program Jackson Lewis P.C.
May
10
2024
The BR International Trade Report: May 2024 Blank Rome LLP
May
8
2024
Japan: FSA Requires Real Estate Funds Take Additional Safeguards Against Conflicts of Interest K&L Gates
May
6
2024
Digital Nomad Visas Offered by Italy, Japan Jackson Lewis P.C.
Apr
17
2024
Global Survey of ESG Regulations for Asset Managers K&L Gates
Apr
8
2024
Competition Currents | April 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Mar
19
2024
Cross Border Catch-Up: Digital Nomad Visa Trend in East Asia [Podcast] Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Mar
12
2024
Japan’s New Draft Guidelines on AI and Copyright: Is It Really OK to Train AI Using Pirated Materials? Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Feb
27
2024
Is Japan Ready for a New Economic Boom? Navigating the Changing Business Laws in 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Feb
26
2024
Battle of the Bags: UNIQLO Sues SHEIN in Japan Over Viral Handbag Dupe K&L Gates
Feb
22
2024
Global Patenting Trends: WIPO Reports a Record Number of Patent Filings ArentFox Schiff LLP
Feb
20
2024
New US Action Against Melamine Imports Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Feb
15
2024
New Antidumping and Countervailing Petitions on Melamine from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago ArentFox Schiff LLP
Feb
9
2024
Competition Currents | February 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Feb
9
2024
Uniqlo v. SHEIN Wrapped Up in Legal Battle Over Alleged Intellectual Property Violations Norris McLaughlin P.A.
Feb
5
2024
Made in America is Alive and Well as Are Large Penalties for Violations: Kubota to Pay $2 Million for False Claims ArentFox Schiff LLP
Feb
1
2024
EuropaBio Publishes Biomanufacturing Global Series Reports on the United States, India, and Japan Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Jan
24
2024
Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Nippon Steel Corp. and United States Steel Corp. Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Jan
17
2024
International Trade, Enforcement & Compliance Recent Developments Update (January 17, 2024) Foley & Lardner LLP
Jan
16
2024
Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Jan
16
2024
Japan | Special Measures for Residence Applicants Berry Appleman & Leiden
Jan
12
2024
Competition Currents | January 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jan
10
2024
(Un)fair Use? Copyrighted Works as AI Training Data — AI: The Washington Report Mintz
Dec
18
2023
Thailand | Visa-free Entry Expanded for Japanese Tourists with Business Interests Berry Appleman & Leiden
Dec
11
2023
Sri Lanka | New Visa Policies Announced to Boost Tourism and Foreign Investment Berry Appleman & Leiden
Dec
11
2023
Competition Currents | December 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nov
27
2023
Considering DPF Certification? It May be Worth Considering APEC Certifications, Too Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Nov
23
2023
Foley Automotive Update Foley & Lardner LLP
Nov
3
2023
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nov
2
2023
Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nov
1
2023
EU and Japan Reach Landmark Agreement on Cross-Border Data Flow Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Oct
31
2023
Japan Shareholder Reporting Reform K&L Gates
Oct
31
2023
Two Significant AI Announcements: Spooky for AI Developers? Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Oct
5
2023
Competition Currents | October 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
 

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