Decentralized Autonomous Organization under Japanese Law

Introduction Clients often ask us whether it is possible to structure a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) in Japan. Currently, Japan does not have regulations targeting DAOs, unlike Wyoming State or the Marshall Islands. So, we have written this article summarizing what is typically considered when forming a DAO in Japan. 1.DAO 1.1 What is DAO? […]

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Non-Fungible Tokens, Play-to-Earn Scholarships, and Yield Guild Games under Japanese Laws

Blockchain games are gaining traction globally. In this post, we analyze some of the more recent developments under Japanese laws. If you want to learn more about NFTs, play-to-earn scholarships, and the Yield Guild DAO click here.

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‘Play to Earn’ under Japanese Laws

Play-to-earn is about to revolutionize the gaming industry. Game developers targeting the Japanese market are well advised to familiarize themselves with Japanese regulations as there are some important limitations.

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‘Same business, same risk, same regulation’​ and the idea of technology-neutral regulation in the context of crypto

Capital and financial markets regulation is based on the principle ‘same business, same risks, same regulation’. At the same time, global standard setters and national regulators alike consistently highlight that regulations are meant to be technology-neutral. So, what happens if the technology changes the risk profile of a business? The risk profile is redefined. In a blockchain […]

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Our firm was highly recognized in the “FinTech” and “Investment funds” categories of
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Best Lawyers recognizes So Saito for Financial Institution Regulatory Law and FinTech for 2021.

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