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


Date and time: 21 March 2013, 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

17.35 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



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