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Fisheries Sector Legal Update - the Marine Products Proper Distribution Act

In the field of fisheries, it is commonly understood that (i) illegal catches adversely affect the sustainable utilization of fishery resources and put pressure on fishery operators, necessitating measures to prevent the distribution of illegally caught fish, including their exportation, and to ensure proper domestic distribution, and that (ii) international cooperation is necessary for the elimination of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (“IUU”) fishery operations, especially with concern to highly vulnerable species. Accordingly, Japan must take measures to prevent the inflow of IUU catches from within its waters and abroad. Against this background, the Act on Ensuring the Proper Domestic Distribution and Importation of Specified Aquatic Animals and Plants, etc., (hereinafter referred to as…To read the article, please see the PDF file

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杉山 泰成

Yasunari Sugiyama is a partner in the firm's Asset Finance Group and Agri-Food Practice Group. In the finance area, his major and unique areas include financing of movables (lease, installment purchase and secured loan), supports for overseas expansion by financial institutions, acquisition finance and domestic and cross-border real estate transactions. In particular, he has extensive experience in proposing and implementing business plans and schemes available for each target jurisdiction taking into consideration the specific civil and commercial laws and financial regulations regarding the movables and real estates in Asian, European and North and South American countries and their entity-based and geographical applicability and coverage in terms of the overseas expansion of Japanese financial institutions. Further, in the agri-food area, he aims to provide legal services for the purposes of the introduction of smart agriculture, business expansion and diversification of financing sources, development and scaling of new business such as solar-sharing and onland aquaculture business, in each case while organizing the various laws and regulations applicable to each process of value chains of the agricultural, forestry and fishery business.