Update on ASJ’s webinar on COVID-19 held on March 5

We are pleased to share with you updates on the Atsumi Sakai Janssen’s webinar on COVID-19 held on March 5 which reflects the latest legal development in course of te Covid-19 crisis in Japan.

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On March 5, 2020 Atsumi Sakai Janssen inform by a webinar about legal impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. The team of Atsumi Sakai Jansen supported by the medical team of Dr. med. Thomas Kuerner and Dr. med. Hidefumi Shiotani Informed in detail about regulatory issues, labour and business obligations, as well as on proactive measures. The lecture was followed by an interesting Q&A session in which further questions of the participants could be answered.
We are also pleased to share the recording of the webinar in the link below as download option:

COVID-19 Crisis Management Webinar Recording

Password: ASJWebinar

We also share with you the presentation of such webinar, updated as of March 12th, 2020, including the Q&A with further detailed answers.

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‘Brexit’ Newsletter – Implications for Financial Institutions (1)

Atsumi Sakai law joint enterprise published the first in a series of newsletters about ‘Brexit’ and its implications for financial institutions. No. (1) ‘Why Frankfurt can be an alternative’ can be accessed from the following link. The English written article explains in detail the process of Brexit vote, the end of passporting rights which is one of the possible consequences and the reactions of the financial institutions to the Brexit.


Recruitment of Japanese Lawyers in our Tokyo Office

ASJ currently offers two job-openings for Japanese lawyers, one entry-level opening for a newly admitted lawyer as well as one opening for a lawyer with 3-5 years of experience. For further details, please take a look at the following Japanese language description:


1)弁護士経験3~5年程度の若手弁護士。英語力あれば尚可。  1名
2)弁護士登録直後〜弁護士経験3年程度の若手弁護士。英語力あれば尚可。  1名






千代田区内幸町2-2-2 富国生命ビル



千代田区内幸町2-2-2 富国生命ビル

E-mail: megumi.sato@asj-law.jp
TEL: +81-(0)3-6205-7950
FAX: +81-(0)3-6205-7959


弊事務所はドイツ弁護士4名(うち2名はフランクフルト事務所)、日本弁護士2名及びスタッフで構成されております。この度、業務拡大に伴い、新進気鋭の弁護士を募集致します。弊事務所は、あらゆる産業領域に法務サービスを提供していますが、近年特に再生可能エネルギー法務について弊事務所の評価は高く、世界最大級である480MWの営農型太陽光発電所事業の開発により、ALB Japan Law Awards 2015のファイナリストに選出されました。





CeBIT Event: Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI – Legal and Social Challenges / German-Japanese Value Partnership

The event at this years CeBIT entitled ‘Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI – Legal and Social Challenges / German-Japanese Value Partnership’, organized by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan and of which the Foreign Law Joint Enterprise of Atsumi & Sakai Janssen was a Co-Organizer, has been a great success!

More than 300 people, either in person or via the live-stream on our website, listened to the integrated panel discussion of German and Japanese legal as well as IT specialists, proposing a German-Japanese value partnership that tackles the challenges the current control revolution brings for our societies.

After the panel discussion industry leaders from NTT and TUEV Rheinland gave presentations on the topic from an industry-side perspective.

For whom was not able to join either the event in person or the live-stream, please find the below video recordings to watch the discussions. Also, you can download the program from here (English, Japanese).

Words of Welcome – Marcus Schurmann
Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan

Marcus Schurmann, Delegate of German Insustry and Commerce in Japan, gave words of welcome in the beginning of the event.

Words of Welcome – Hans Carl von Werthern
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan

Hans Carl von Werthern, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, gave his words of welcome.


Words of Welcome – Yoshinori Fujiyama
Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to Germany

Yoshinori Fujiyama, Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to Germany, gave his words of welcome.


Keynotes – Shinji Tokumasu
Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Shinji Tokumasu, Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a keynote address.


Keynotes – Wolfgang Scheremet
Director General, Industrial Policy Bureau, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Wolfgang Scheremet, Director General, Industrial Policy Bureau, delivered a keynote address.


Panel Discussion Introduction
Norio Murakami, Chairman, ENERES Co., Ltd
Markus Janssen, Partner, Atsumi & Sakai Janssen, Foreign Law Joint Enterprise

Defining the Challenge: How to realize the AI R&D Guidelines based on the eight principles proposed at the G7 meeting in Takamatsu/Japan in April 2016 by legally and socially responsible measures to control Industry 4.0, IoT and AI.


Panel Discussion Presentation
Rolf Lumpe, Partner, Xona Partners
Dr. Joerg Kahler, Partner, GSK Stockmann
Michael Mueller, Partner, Mueller Foreign Law Office
Frank Becker, Partner, Atsumi & Sakai Frankfurt
Takamasa Sasaki, CEO, AOS Legal Technologies
Prof. Dr. Thomas Klindt, Partner, Noerr LLP (Reported by FB)

An integrated team of lawyers and IT specialists has reviewed how to implement the eight principles proposed in AI R&D Guideline of Transparency, User Assistance, Controllability, Security, Safety, Privacy, Ethics and Accountability along concise legal and operational topics.


Feedback and Views – Björn Haan
CEO, TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH

Björn Haan, CEO, TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH, gave his feedback and views on Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI.


Feedback and Views – Tetsuya Shoji
President and CEO, NTT Communications

Tetsuya Shoji, President and CEO, NTT Communications, gave his feedback and views on Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI.

Note: We are waiting for the permission to share this video.



Closing Remark – Tatsuhiro Shindo
Executive Vice President, JETRO

Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President, JETRO, made his closing remark as grand finale of the event.


Please feel free to contact us for any inquiries. We are willing to help you succeed in this cutting edge challenging field.

CeBIT Event Announcement: Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI – Legal and Social Challenges / German-Japanese Value Partnership

Atsumi & Sakai Janssen Foreign Law Joint Enterprise acts as Co-Organizer of an event at this year’s CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. The CeBIT is the world’s largest annual IT expo with more than 200.000 participants.

The event, entitled ‘Industrie 4.0, IoT and AI – Legal and Social Challenges / German-Japanese Value Partnership’ is organized by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan will try to bring attention to the important and difficult question of how to tackle the legal and social challenges brought about by the current control revolution.

Event information:
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10.00 – 14.00 h with topic specific networking

Venue: CeBIT 2017, Hall 3, Convention Center (CC), Messe, 30521 Hanover

Language: English with Japanese and German screens and webcasting

Attendees: approx. 250 participants (manufacturing industry, R&D, industry and trade associations, institutions, government, press)

Registration and further information via the CeBit Homepage.

Outline and Program here.

[Seminar] “[Soon!] Recapping the Basics of “Brexit” and its Implications – a Legal Perspective”, presented by Setsuko Yufu (Partner of A&S, Tokyo), Ryuichi Nozaki (Partner of A&S Europe, London), Frank Becker (Partner of ASJ, Frankfurt)

Setsuko Yufu (Partner at Atsumi & Sakai, Tokyo), Ryuichi Nozaki (Partner at Atsumi & Sakai Europe, London) and Frank Becker (Partner at Atsumi Sakai Frankfurt, Germany) held a seminar in Japanese entitled “[Soon!] Recapping the Basics of “Brexit” and its Implications – a Legal Perspective,” co-hosted by LexisNexis Japan and the Business Law Journal, in cooperation with Atsumi & Sakai.

In the seminar they presented the further process of a Brexit, the legal implications on international business located in the UK and on the specific implications on various sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical and chemical as well as transport industry. They also gave recommendations on how to best prepare for the Brexit and minimize the adverse effects for the businesses.

For further inquiries on the topic please contact our office via TEL: +81-(0)3-6205-7950, FAX: +81-(0)3-6205-7959 or E-Mail: info@asj-law.jp

[Article] “Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) in Germany” in KOKUSAI SHOJI HOMU Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2016

The article entitled “Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) in Germany” was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law (Kokusai Shôji Hômu), Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2016. The article was co authored in Japanese by

Markus Janssen of Atsumi & Sakai Janssen Foreign Law Joint Enterprise,

Frank Becker of Atsumi & Sakai Frankfurt,

Takafumi Uematsu, Partner at Atsumi & Sakai and

Takafumi Ochiai, Of-Counsel at Atsumi & Sakai

for further information (in Japanese) see:


[Seminar] in Frankfurt a.M. – Takafumi Uematsu – “Industrie 4.0 in Japan – the Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Revolution -“

Takafumi Uematsu, Partner at Atsumi & Sakai, presented a seminar entitled “Industrie 4.0 in Japan – the Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Revolution -“, on July 7, 2016, at the 70th Germany-Japan Economic Talks, hosted by the DJW (Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis – Japanese-German Business Association) in Frankfurt, the Vereinigung der Japanischen Unternehmen Frankfurt e.V., and the Deutsch Japanischer-Wirtschaftskreis.

For further information see the announcement on the DJW Hompage [German].

New Answers to the same old question in M&A: Majority to Whom? – 100% to Integration!

For most M&A cases, except for simple outright acquisitions, the decisive question seems to be: “Who gets Majority”.

Indeed, under unilateral control and one-dimensional governance, majority control is the all decisive factor. But should it be, really?

One-dimensional approach hinders transactions and destroys added value, and as long as this approach is not overcome, also a 50/50 solution is a risky compromise of two losers (neither of them having obtained 51%) programed for deadlock. This leads to the desperate call: “if we only could have 2×51%!”

Can we not? Well, not in one dimension, but already in two dimensions, we can!

And who has final control then? – Integration!

Is that not too risky and too complicated? Well, think of risks and complications caused by a one-dimensional governance, which require post-merger integration as  fix, but in most cases not perfect solution.

Have a look at the below summary of the concept of Multidimensional Governance

-> Summary of the concept of Multidimensional Governance

and a detailed presentation in English and Japanese

-> Presentation of Multidimensional Governance in English

-> Presentation of Multidimensional Governance in Japanese