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Japan: Child Pornography Law Amendment Discussed

(Jan. 29, 2010) “Japan is one of the world's biggest suppliers of child pornography and the second biggest consumer after the U.S.” (Justin McCurry, Japan to Outlaw Possession of Child Porn, GUARDIAN, Mar. 10, 2008, available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/10/japan.) The possession of child pornography is not at present illegal in Japan. The Act on Punishment of […]

South Korea: Reaction Against Child Sexual Offenders

(Dec. 18, 2009) Reports of sex crimes against children in Korea have been on a steady rise recently. News of heinous sex crimes against children has caused the public to raise demands for tightened criminal laws. Especially after the sentence against an offender who raped an eight-year-old girl and left her permanently disabled upset the […]

Japan: Catalog/Online Shopping and Door-to-Door Sales Regulation Enhanced

(Nov. 27, 2009) The 2008 amendment of Japan's Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (Act No. 57 of 1976, as amended by Act No. 74 of 2008) will be fully effective on December 1, 2009. The Consumer Affairs Agency is publicizing the amendment. Among other changes, adopted in regard to such matters as e-mail advertisement and […]

Japan: Is a Sightseeing Trip by a Member of the U.S. Military Part of “Official Business”?

(Oct. 22, 2009) Japan's Board of Audit decided to recommend to the Ministry of Self Defense (MSD) that the MSD investigate the use of highway toll passes by members of U.S. troops stationed in Japan and define the “official purposes” for which U.S. troops are entitled to move between facilities free of tolls. Under article […]

North Korea: Revision to the Constitution

(Oct. 20, 2009) The Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of North Korea unanimously adopted the ordinance of the SPA On Revising and Supplementing the Socialist Constitution of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea” on April 9, 2009. The contents of the revision have not been made public by the North Korean government. However, in late […]

South Korea: Food Reuse Regulated

(July 31, 2009) The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of the side dishes uneaten, restaurants have reused the food by serving it to subsequent customers. Restaurants […]

Japan: Two Laws Revised to Protect Technology

(July 7, 2009) Two national laws were amended this year to protect the technology and trade secrets of firms in Japan. The amendment of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law was promulgated on April 30, 2009 (Law No. 30 of 2009). The old law did not punish acts of revealing business secrets for the purpose of […]

Japan: Major Reform on Fund for Road Improvements

(May 4, 2009) The revision of the Special Law for Financing Road Improvement Works was promulgated on April 30, 2009 (Law No. 28 of 2009). Since 1954, the Law has limited the spending of revenue from gasoline tax and other road-related taxes to be used outside of road-related expenditures. At the time of the Law's […]

South Korea: Foreign Legal Consultants Law

(May 1, 2009) The Foreign Legal Consultants Law was promulgated in South Korea on March 25, 2009 (Act No. 9524). Under the Law, foreign legal professionals certified in countries with free trade agreements with South Korea or in World Trade Organization treaty countries, who have a minimum three years of experience, can transact business in […]

Japan: National Public Official Retirement Allowance Law Amendment

(Jan. 28, 2009) The National Public Official Retirement Allowance Law was amended by the Diet (Japan's parliament), and the new version was promulgated on December 26, 2008 (Law No. 95 of 2008). The amended Law enabled the government to enforce the return of a paid retirement allowance from a retired official if a scandal is […]