School of Law

Seminar - Recent Developments in Japanese Copyright Law - Exceptions and Limitations

21 March 2012

Time: 3:30 - 6:30pm
Venue: Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP, Dashwood, 69 Old Broad Street, London EC2M 1QS

Organised jointly by the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London & Meiji University, Tokyo

The appropriate scope of exceptions and limitations in copyright law is of pressing current interest. At international level, further international instruments are under discussion and, in the United Kingdom, the Government's recent "Consultation on Copyright" has made significant proposals in this area.

In Japan, there have also been lively debates about limitations and exceptions. In particular, a process of legislative reform has led to a number of significant amendments to the provisions of the Copyright Act covering exceptions and limitations.

In this seminar, a number of leading Japanese experts on copyright law will speak about various aspects of this reform process. It is expected that the presentations, and subsequent discussions, will not only be interesting in their own right, but will also offer an alternative perspective on current discussions in the United Kingdom.


  • Professor Tatsuhiro Ueno, Rikkyo University ("Limitations & Exceptions in Japanese Copyright Law - Recent Reforms")
  • Associate Professor Ryu Kojima, Kyushu University ("Quasi-Fair Use?: The Flexible Statutory Interpretation of Existing Copyright Doctrines in Japan")
  • Dr Toshiya Kaneko , Meiji University ("Copyright, Parody, and Doujinshi [manga parodies]")
  • Senior Fellow Dr Kazuhiro Ando, Waseda University ("Exceptions for private copying and quotation in Japanese law")
  • Associate Professor Tetsuya Imamura, Meiji University ("Orphan works in Japanese law")


15.30 Registration
16.00 Welcome
16.05 Introduction

Copyright Exceptions and Limitations - the Reform Process
Professor Tatsuhiro Ueno, College of Law and Politics, Department of International Business Law, Rikkyo University
16.30 Quasi-Fair Use?: The Flexible Statutory Interpretation of Existing Copyright Doctrines in Japan
Ryu Kojima, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University.

"Copyright, Parody, and Doujinshi [manga parodies]"
Dr Toshiya Kaneko, Assistant Professor, School of Law, Meiji University
17.20 Tea break

Current issues

"Exceptions for private copying and quotation in Japanese law"
Dr Kazuhiro Ando, School of Law, Kazuhiro Ando, Visiting Senior Researcher, Waseda University, Tokyo.
"Orphan works"
Tetsuya Imamura, Associate Professor, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University; Visiting Scholar of CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London.

18.30 Drinks Reception

How to find the Venue

View directions to Edwards Wildman LLP offices by road, rail, underground or bus.

Upon arrival, go to the main reception area which is based on the 9th Floor of Dashwood. The meeting rooms, where the event will be held, are also located on the 9th Floor.

CPD Points

This event is accredited for 2 CPD points.

How to Book

This event is free but places are limited and registrations are essential. To register please e-mail Katherine Zaim with your full name, position and contact details.


For any questions, please contact Katherine Zaim, CCLS Events and Alumni Development Manager on or +44(0)207 882 8481.