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The law relating to lawyers, and in particular foreign lawyers, in Japan was amended in 2003 by the Special Measures Law Concerning the Handling of Legal Business by Foreign Lawyers. The law is now in the course of implementation through regulations made by the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, or Nichibenren. The regulatory framework to enable the law to come into effect must be in place by July 2005, and the Ministry of Justice has announced that the law will come into effect on 1 April next year.

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