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Changes to Japan’s Personal Information Protection Act

22 September 2015

Japan’s National Diet passed a bill earlier this month amending PIPA to strengthen the data protection regime and creating (with effect from 1 January 2016) a central regulator with enforcement powers.  Most of the other amendments will come into force within two years; these include, along with other significant changes, the introduction of a cross-border transfer restriction and expansion of the PIPA’s territorial scope.