The 2010 Guide to Japan

  • Editorial

    Interesting times

  • Lowering the firewall wall

    Michael Hancock, general counsel, and Izumi Sato and Hiroaki Hashiguchi, senior legal advisors of HSBC Japan's Legal Department give a practical assessment of recent firewall deregulation in Japan

  • Amendment in line with international practices

    Changes to anti-monopoly law in Japan have brought it more in line with international practice and will encourage foreign companies to cooperate, say Yoshinori Ono and Yoshihiro Sakano of Nishimura & Asahi

  • Concerns need to be discussed

    Sawako Miyauchi of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto explains the concerns with potential reform of provisions on obligations

  • Striving for independence

    Analysis of the requirement for an independent outside director or statutory auditor, by Asa Shinkawa and James Emerson of Nishimura & Asahi

  • An easier restructuring

    Nobuyuki Maeyama and Ryuji Kato of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune explain the benefits of Business Revitalisation ADR

  • Be careful with redundancies

    Firing people is not straightforward in Japan, say Hironobu Tsukamoto and Toshiaki Kobayashi of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Make sure you know the four conditions and how they have been applied in court

  • The Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law

    Seiji Akimoto of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto provides an overview of the law, its recent amendments and its effect on inward direct investment

  • Three pricing precedents

    Shiho Koizumi and Yoshinori Aoyagi of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune examine the recent court cases on determining the acquisition price of shares in squeeze-outs

  • Improving reputations

    Japanese corporate governance is affecting the way its companies raise capital. Tsuyoshi Shimizu and Kiyotaka Tajima of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu explain how new Tokyo Stock Exchange rules will help

  • What investors need to know

    Real estate securitisations are failing to pay out on maturity. Foreign investors, using this as a way to invest in Japan, need to be aware of some important legal issues. By Naoki Hamada and Junji Yamanaka of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu