Amendment Bill of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act

Written by BCCJ
November 29, 2019

Written by BCCJ

On October 18 2019, Japan’s Cabinet approved the Amendment Bill of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act.

The Ministry of Finance says:

While respecting the principle of free investment, the Act requires prior-notification with screening for investment in certain business sectors designated from the standpoints of: national security; public order and safety; and smooth functioning of economy, as stipulated in the Act.

The Bill aims to:
– Further promote foreign direct investment (FDI) conducive to sound economic growth; and
– Ensure minimal review of FDI that could pose risks to national security.

Particularly, the Bill introduces exemption from the prior-notification requirement and adjusts the coverage of FDI.


Further reading

Exemption from the prior-notification requirement)(PDF HERE)

Link (FAQs)(added on October 31, 2019)(PDF HERE)

Original post, from Ministry of Finance HERE



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