Kei Kato

Managing Associate


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Kei Kato is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.

Kei focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, employment, compliance and other commercial disputes, including litigation and international arbitration, for both domestic and non-Japanese companies.

Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Kei was an associate at Nishimura and Asahi.

He will be attending Columbia University from 2019 to 2020.

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World’s “Largest Area of Safe Data Flow” Created by Japan and the European Union

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the European Union (“EU”) recently came into force, creating the world’s biggest open trading zone that covers 635 million people and almost one-third of the world’s total GDP. In the shadow of that agreement, however, another development—the mutual acknowledgment of data protection standards—took place, which should not be overlooked because it sets another world record. On January 23, 2019, the European Commission adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, acknowledging that Japan provides for an adequate level of data protection. Similarly, effective January 23, 2019, the Japanese independent data protection authority, the Personal Information Protection Commission (“PPC”), has also designated countries within the European Economic Area as having an equivalent level of data protection. This mutual acknowledgement created what is being referred to as the “largest area of safe data transfer” in the world.

These developments have important benefits for companies transferring data from the EU to Japan and vice versa, reducing burdens and giving companies greater access to customers. Below, we discuss the developments and describe what companies should consider in the future. READ MORE