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Foreign IT giants not registered in Japan will be punished: minister

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Foreign technology giants that do not comply with requests to register their local units in Japan as required by law will be subject to penalties, Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said Tuesday.

Most of the 48 foreign IT companies, including Google LLC, Meta Platforms Inc and Twitter Inc, that have received registration requests from the Justice Ministry and the communications ministry have so far failed to comply, according to Furukawa.

The Japanese government is aiming to strengthen business monitoring of foreign companies that offer services used by a large number of people in the country.

With cyberbullying a prevalent issue, the registration of social media companies will also make it possible for Japanese courts to request user details.

According to Japan's corporate law, local representatives of a foreign company that fails to register despite an intent to conduct business in Japan will be subject to a fine of up to 1 million yen.

"We will work with relevant ministries and agencies, including notifying courts of violations, to speed up registration," Furukawa said at a press conference.

Six of the 48 companies have so far responded to requests to register, while another handful responded after being notified in writing earlier this month to register by June 13, the Justice Ministry said.

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Michael Machida

June 22 08:19 am JST

Boy are you miss informed and in a alternate reality.

Of course the American businesses are not going to register with the Japanese government. They don't have to if they receive funds via the American offices and only have a branch office in Japan. Good luck Japan. Not going to give you free money.

It is obvious, you have never done international business, made even one financial money transfer, and do not own a business.

If you think things work as you claim and you are doing it somehow, I hope you have a quick way out of Japan, because you stand a good chance of ending up in a Japanese prison.

I guess you are using the Carlos Ghosn system, "If I don't tell them, it isn't really not declaring"

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The comments here are hilarious!

You all do realise that the USA, most of the EU have similar laws and even far more strict.

Under USA laws any company with offices in the USA, collecting data, personal data, banking, etc...must if requested ( no court order needed) hand over to the government any requested information on non USA citizens.

This means that Google, Meta, etc...if requested have to give any and all information on you or I they have to the US government if we are not citizens even if we do not live in the USA or have never even been there.

Before going nuts about this look up the regulations in your own country if EU Canada or the USA, you may be surprised to find out they are far more regulated.

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@wtfjapan.

They will demand that all data visible in Japan is held in Japan and that the source can be accessed by the JP government. As this would break EU and US privacy laws, it will build online walls at national boundaries. That's how nationalist regimes 'take back control' and take down the 'default to access' internet. And why we need to switch to distributed systems as soon as we can. Instead of Facebook, a few years down the line there may be lots of smaller, distributed social media services, each devoted to specific groups (reducing abuse). Accessed by invitation only and free (as distributed systems have no centralised storage or bandwidth costs) they may exist to serve orthodox Jews, Trump supporters, philatelists, HK dissidents or elite footballers. Any group could implement one, all interactions controlled by an extended e-mail client.

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*Foreign IT giants** not registered in Japan [...]*

You don't wanna mess with foreign IT giants.

They can crush you.

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whatever information is stored foreign server cant be viewed by Japanese regulators, so what if its a Japanese living in Russia using a server in say China, bullying Japanese online in Japan, whats Japan courts going to do?

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The big Tech Giants have offices in Japan, so what does it mean to be registered?

It means to pay certain 'fees' and 'duties' which include, but not limted to, taking bureaucrats out in Ginza several times per month.

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"Foreign technology giants that do not comply with requests to register their local units in Japan as required by law"

A) "AS required by Law"

B) "According to Japan's corporate law, local representatives of a foreign company that fails to register despite an intent to conduct business in Japan will be subject to a fine of up to 1 million yen."

Conclusion:

1) Venomous anti anything/everything Japanese cannot read.

2) Don't understand what they read

3)................!

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How draconian.

Sigh….

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Yep - Already have @Wobot , not because I want to hide away or am paranoid! For me its to watch Sportscenter!

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Japan doesn’t regulate their own domestic IT companies and the insanity that goes on on them, really think something as big as google wont find a work around to this?

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It's really about...

'the registration of social media companies will also make it possible for Japanese courts to request user details.'

They want a back door to user details. India pulled the same stunt. A lot of big companies pulled out.

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Time to invest in a VPN

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The big Tech Giants have offices in Japan, so what does it mean to be registered?

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They don't want to register offices in Japan because they don't want to have to buy fax machines and wooden stamps.

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So funny. So Japan basically cannot create a business like America does [ successfully ] and so goes after Americas amazing companies in order to get their money by taxing them. Of course the American businesses are not going to register with the Japanese government. They don't have to if they receive funds via the American offices and only have a branch office in Japan. Good luck Japan. Not going to give you free money.

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Most of the 48 foreign IT companies, including Google LLC, Meta Platforms Inc and Twitter Inc, that have received registration requests from the Justice Ministry and the communications ministry have so far failed to comply, according to Furukawa.

These corporations have that money where you know what they can say, even to Japanese regulators and tax officials. Amazon et al have been doing it for decades.

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