What's New
2023-01-26 Act on the Advancement of Government Administration Processes That Use Information and Communications Technology (Act No. 17 of 2019 unenforced) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-26 Secured Bond Trust Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-19 Act on the Exercise of Sovereign Rights on Fishing Operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-19 Act on the Regulation of Fishing Operations by Foreign Nationals has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-19 Copyright Act (Partially unenforced) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-18 Regulation on Commercial Registrations (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-18 Order on Book-Entry of Corporate Bonds, Shares (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-18 Act on Book-Entry Transfer of Corporate Bonds and Shares (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-17 Agricultural and Fishery Cooperatives Savings Insurance Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2023-01-16 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act on Special Provisions concerning Performance Contracts for Contributing to the Prevention of Harm Associated with Performing in Sexually Explicit Video Productions and to the Remedy of Harm to Performers, thereby Contributing to the Formation of a Society in which the Sexual Dignity of Individuals is Respected (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-16 Cabinet Order on Guardianship Registration, etc. (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-16 Ministerial Order on Guardianship Registration, etc. (Tentative translation) has been released.
2023-01-16 Defined Contribution Pension Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-28 Public Notice Specifying Business Types to Be Specified by the Minister of Finance and the Competent Minister for the Business Pursuant to the Provisions of Article 3-2, Paragraph (3) of the Order on Inward Direct Investment (Public Notice Specifying Core Business Sectors pertaining to Inward Direct Investment, etc.) (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-28 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act on the Protection of Consumers Who Use Digital Platforms (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-28 Enforcement Order of the Act on the Protection of Consumers Who Use Digital Platforms (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-28 Act on the Protection of Consumers Who Use Digital Platforms (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-26 Guidelines Necessary to Contribute to the Appropriate and Effective Implementation of the Measures Taken by Digital Platform Providers under Article 3, Paragraph (3) of the Act on the Protection of Consumers Who Use Digital Platforms (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-12-26 Basic Space Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-26 Public Notice Specifying Conditions to Be Complied With So That Inward Direct Investment, etc. Does Not Fall Within the Category of Inward Direct Investment, etc. Involving National Security, etc., Which Are Specified by the Minister of Finance and the Competent Minister for the Business, Pursuant to the Provisions of Article 27-2, Paragraph (1) of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-26 Public Notice Specifying Conditions to Be Complied With So That Specified Acquisition Does Not Fall Within the Category of Specified Acquisition Involving National Security, Which Are Specified by the Minister of Finance and the Competent Minister for the Business, Pursuant to the Provisions of Article 28-2, Paragraph (1) of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-22 Act on Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-21 Regulation for Enforcement of the Family Register Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-19 Foreign Exchange Order (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-14 Commercial Registration Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-12 Museum Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
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2022-12-06 Order for Enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Regulation for Enforcement of the Special Act on the Immigration Control of Inter Alia, Those Who Have Lost Japanese Nationality Pursuant to the Treaty of Peace with Japan has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Order for Enforcement of the Special Act on the Immigration Control of, Inter Alia, Those Who Have Lost Japanese Nationality Pursuant to the Treaty of Peace with Japan has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Order for Enforcement of the Act on Special Measures concerning the Application for Landing by Foreign National in Possession of Passport Specified in Article 2, Item (v), (b) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Regulation for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Personal Status Litigation Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-06 Enforcement Regulation of the Food Sanitation Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-06 Telecommunications Business Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-12-06 Act on Childcare Leave, Caregiver Leave, and Other Measures for the Welfare of Workers Caring for Children or Other Family Members (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-12-01 Disaster Relief Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-01 Regulation for Enforcement of the Basic Act on Disaster Management has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-01 Order for Enforcement of the Basic Act on Disaster Management has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-01 Basic Act on Disaster Management has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-01 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act on Adjustment of Registration and Administration of Land for Which the Heading Section Owner is Unknown has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-12-01 Act on Adjustment of Registration and Administration of Land for Which the Heading Section Owner is Unknown has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-22 Regulation on Security Deposits by a Trust Company, etc. has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-18 Act on Limitation of Shipowner Liability has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-18 Act on the International Carriage of Goods by Sea has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-18 Bar Examination Act (Act No. 44 of 2019 unenforced) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-11 High Pressure Gas Safety Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-09 Act on the Promotion of Women's Active Engagement in Professional Life has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-11-02 Regulations for Enforcement of the Act on the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-10-28 Administrative Counselors Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-10-27 Whistleblower Protection Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-25 Act on the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-25 Act on Special Provisions concerning Performance Contracts Contributing to the Prevention of Harm Associated with Performing in Sexually Explicit Video Productions and to the Remedy of Harm to Performers, thereby Contributing to the Formation of a Society in which the Sexual Dignity of Individuals is Respected (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-21 Regulation on Security Deposits by a Trust Company, etc. (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-17 Act of Partial Revision of the Act on Rationalizing Energy Use and Other Acts in Order to Establish Stable Energy Supply and Demand Structure (Outline) has been released.
2022-10-13 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act on Ensuring Appropriate Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Data (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-13 Order for Enforcement of the Act on Ensuring Appropriate Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Data (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-13 Act on Ensuring Appropriate Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Data (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-10-11 Courts Act (Act No. 44 of 2019 Not in force) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-10-11 Act on Ensuring the Proper Domestic Distribution and Importation of Specified Aquatic Animals and Plants has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-30 Act on the Regulation of Nuclear Source Material, Nuclear Fuel Material and Reactors has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-20 The Act Establishing the Children and Families Agency (Outline) has been released.
2022-09-13 Order for Enforcement of the Act on Safety Assurance and Quality Improvement of Feeds has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-13 Dental Practitioners Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-12 Cabinet Office Order on Audit Certification of Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-12 Cabinet Office Order on the System for Ensuring the Appropriateness of Documents on Financial Calculation and Other Information has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-12 Basic Act on Fisheries has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-09 Order for Enforcement of the Act on Preventing Environmental Pollution of Mercury (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-09-08 Companies Act (Part V, Part VI, Part VII and Part VIII (Tentative translation)) has been released.
2022-09-08 Companies Act (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV (Tentative translation)) has been released.
2022-09-05 Regulation on Terminology, Forms and Preparation Methods of Consolidated Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Regulation on Terminology, Forms, and Preparation Methods of Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Regulation on the Terminology, Forms, and Preparation Methods of Quarterly Consolidated Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Regulation on Terminology, Forms, and Preparation Methods of Quarterly Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Regulation on the Terminology, Forms, and Preparation Methods of Interim Consolidated Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Regulation on Terminology, Forms, and Preparation Methods of Interim Financial Statements has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Act on Support for Reconstructing Livelihoods of Disaster Victims has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-09-05 Act on Promoting the Treatment of Marine Debris Affecting the Conservation of Good Coastal Landscapes and Environments as well as Marine Environments to Protect Natural Beauty and Variety (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-08-31 Act on the Protection of Marine Resources has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-31 Ministerial Order Specifying Goods and Technologies Pursuant to the Provisions of the Appended Table 1 of the Export Trade Control Order and the Appended Table of the Foreign Exchange Order (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-31 Act on Vesting of Ownership of Land Acquired through Inheritance in the National Treasury (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-31 Ministerial Order on Processes Relating to Electronic or Magnetic Records by Designated Notary (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-29 Ministerial Order on Invisible Trade Connected with Visible Trade (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-29 Act on the Promotion of Administrative Affairs through the Use of Information and Communications Technology (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-29 Regulation on Safety of Containers Relating to International Reciprocal Recognition (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-08-19 Ministerial Order on Notification of Specified International Species Business and on Registration of Special International Species Business has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-19 Ministerial Order on Notification of Specified National Species Business has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-18 Act to Partially Amend the Radio Act and the Broadcasting Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-08-17 Government Policy Evaluations Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-05 Ministerial Order on the Procedure for Collection of Expenses Charged under the Provisions of Article 52 of the Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-05 Act on the Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Livestock has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-05 Practical Guidelines on Security Control Measures Under the Guidelines for Protection of Personal Information in the Finance Sector have been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-02 Ministerial Order on Utilization of Telecommunications Technology in Document Preservation Conducted by Private Business Operators for the Individuals Registration Organization Provided in Article 23, Paragraph (1) of the Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-08-02 Ministerial Order on Utilization of Telecommunications Technology in Document Preservation Conducted by Private Business Operators for the Business Registration Organization and the Certifying Organization Provided Respectively in Article 33-15, Paragraph (1) and Article 33-26, Paragraph (1) of the Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-07-29 Regulations for Import Trade Control (Tentative translation) have been released.
2022-07-25 Order for Enforcement of the Act on Provision of Financial Services (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-25 Order for Enforcement of the Payment Services Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-25 Cabinet Office Order on Crypto-Asset Exchange Service Providers (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-25 Cabinet Office Order on Funds Transfer Service Providers (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-22 Regulation on Security Deposits by Financial Service Intermediaries (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-22 Cabinet Office Order on Prepaid Payment Instruments (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-19 Foreign Exchange Order has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-07-19 Ministerial Order on Technical Requirements for Specified Products Related to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-19 Order for Enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-12 Secured Bond Trust Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-11 Ordinance for Enforcement of the Family Register Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-07-01 Patent Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-06-27 Regulations for Enforcement of the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers have been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-06-27 Rules of Procedures for Investigation under the Patent Act have been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-06-17 This is a reminder to beware of fake websites claiming to represent Japan's public-sector organizations and companies. (external link) (in Japanese)
2022-06-14 The Proposed Act to Partially Amend the Payment Services Act and Other Related Acts to Establish a Stable and Efficient Payment Services System (Outline) has been released.
2022-06-10 Act on Providing Comprehensive Support for the Daily Life and Life in Society of Persons with Disabilities has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-06-10 Act Partially Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-06-06 Enforcement Order of the Insurance Business Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-06-06 Insurance Business Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-26 A Proposed Act to Partially Amend the Certified Public Accountants Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-05-24 Basic Act on Traffic Safety Measures has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-23 Basic Space Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-05-20 Patent Attorneys Act has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-18 Reforming Some of Japan's Fundamental Civil Laws Toward Solving the Issue of Unclaimed Land (Outline of the Act Partially Amending the Civil Code and Other Acts, and of the Act on Vesting Inherited Land in the National Treasury) has been released.
2022-05-17 The Order for Enforcement of the Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-05-16 The Proposed Act to Partially Amend the Consumer Contract Act and the Act on Special Measures Concerning Civil Court Proceedings for the Collective Redress for Property Damage Incurred by Consumers (Outline) has been released.
2022-05-13 The Bill to Partially Amend the Insurance Business Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-05-12 Translation development plan in 2022 has been released.
2022-05-12 Translation development plan in 2021 has been replaced with the revised version.
2022-05-12 Act on the Promotion of Efforts to Eliminate Unfair Discriminatory Speech and Behavior against Persons with Countries of Origin other than Japan has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-12 Act on the Promotion of the Elimination of Buraku Discrimination has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-11 Rules of Procedures for Cases relating to the Return of a Child under the Act for Implementation of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Tentative translation) have been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-05-10 The Act on the Use of Information and Communications Technology to Make Payments That Become Part of the National Revenue (Outline) has been released.
2022-05-09 Public Announcement on the Items of Goods Subject to Import Quotas, the Places of Origin or Places of Shipment of Goods Requiring Approval for Import, and Other Necessary Matters Concerning Import of Goods (Part 1 (Tentative translation)) has been released.
2022-05-09 Guidelines Concerning Measures to Be Taken by Employers in Terms of Employment Management in Connection with Problems Arising as a Result of Behavior That Is Based on Dominant Relationships in the Workplace (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-05-02 The Proposed Act Partially Amending the Plant Protection Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-05-02 The Proposed Act Partially Amending the Land Improvement Act (Outline) has been released.
2022-04-27 Cabinet Order on Export Trade Control (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-27 Regulations for Export Trade Control (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-27 High Pressure Gas Safety Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-27 Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-27 Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-27 The Board of Audit Act (Tentative translation) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-04-26 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations (Tentative translation) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-04-26 Act on the Authority of the Minister of Justice over Suits Relating to the Interests of the State (Tentative translation) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-04-26 Dental Medical Practitioners' Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-22 Regulation for Enforcement of the Act on the Securitization of Assets (Tentative translation) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-04-22 Act on the Securitization of Assets (Tentative translation) has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-04-21 The Proposed Act Partially Amending the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, and Other Acts (Outline) has been released.
2022-04-19 The Board of Audit Act (Tentative translation) has been released.
2022-04-18 The Proposed Act Partially Amending the Child Welfare Act and Other Legislation (Outline) has been released.
2022-04-15 The Proposed Act Partially Amending the Civil Aeronautics Act and Other Legislation (Outline) has been released.
2022-04-13 FY2022 Tax Reform(Outline) has been released.
2022-03-31 Act for Mutual Recognition between Japan and Foreign States on the Results of Conformity Assessments for Specified Equipment has been replaced with the finalized translation.
2022-03-25 The website has been renewed.
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