Host: Westlaw Japan K.K., co-hosted by BUSINESS LAWYERS/Bengo4.com, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 13:00 – 14:00
Risks and Points to Note in Responding to Amended Ordinances
– Based on Management Mistakes and Problems Regarding Environmental Ordinances
I. Risks and points to note in responding to amended ordinances
1. What are ordinances?
(i) Necessity to pay attention not only to prefectural but also municipal ordinances
(ii) Difficulty in grasping regulations that are severer than law (stiffer regulations/broader regulations)
2. Management of ordinances is extremely difficult
(i) There are not less than 40 environment-related laws
(ii) Ordinances do not correspond one-to-one with laws
(iii) A flood of new ordinances and the difficulty in grasping the frequent amendments in a timely manner
3. Risk of violating environmental laws and ordinances
4. Six cases of failures and problems concerning management of ordinances
5. Necessity to appropriately address amendments to ordinances in a timely manner
(i) Management at each business base and group-wide management by the head office
(ii) Frequency of checking for amendments
(iii) Management of laws and ordinances together with guidance outlines, guidelines and foreign laws
II. “Ordinance Alert”
Companies with business bases in various locations are required to comply not only with laws and regulations but also with municipal ordinances, guidelines, etc., and the failure to do so may result in significant consequences such as administrative disposition, penalty, and compensation for liability. However, it is not easy to be appropriately informed of numerous local governmental ordinances including prefectures and municipalities, and it is also extremely difficult to respond to frequent amendments in a timely manner.
In this seminar, the lecturer explains “how difficult it is to manage ordinances” and “to what points we should pay attention” based on specific examples of mistakes and problems, using environmental laws (including ordinances to combat global warming) as examples.