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2. Purposes and legal basis of our processing of your Personal Data
We may process the following categories of your personal information (together “Personal Data”):
- Personal Data which our (potential) clients and related parties provided to us in the course of our professional services and/or our promotional activities, including:
- Contact information including name, title, e-mail address, phone number, fax number, company name, address, department and position, signature;
- Date and time of visits to our premises;
- Your communication with us;
- Personal information relevant to any dispute, grievance, investigation, arbitration, or other legal advice we have been asked to provide to our client; and
- Financial and payment data, including your bank account and other data necessary for processing payments, including credit/debit card numbers, security code numbers and other related billing information.
- Sensitive personal information: In the course of our professional services, we may represent you and/or your organization in legal matters that require us to collect and use sensitive personal information relating to you (i.e., information about your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union activities, physical or mental health, sexual life and sexual orientation or details of criminal offences, or genetic or biometric data).
- Personal information collected through this website, including cookies, access logs, web beacons (also known as pixels), your preferences in receiving marketing information from us, your communication preferences and information about how you use our websites(s), including the services you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits and page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), the Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, device type, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform.
We use such Personal Data for the following purposes:
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Personal Data which our (potential) clients and
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For the above purposes, we process your Personal Data on the following legal bases:
a. Contractual performance: We need to process your Personal Data to perform the contract we enter into with you and/or the legal service you required.
b. Legal Obligation: We need to comply with a legal obligation under applicable laws. Specifically, based on the rules provided by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, or other authorities, we are required to confirm certain identification matters (also known as the “Know Your Client (KYC)” procedures) when you seek our legal advice for the first time. Your kind understanding would be appreciated in this regard.
c. Legitimate Interests: The use of your Personal Data is necessary for legitimate interests pursued by us or a third party, and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
d. Consent: You have given consent for us to process your Personal Data. However, even if we obtain consent from you, we may process your Personal Data based on other legal bases (e.g., legal obligation or vital interests) if required. The withdrawal of your consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing performed based on the consent before your withdrawal. After your withdrawal of consent, we may still process your Personal Data if other legal bases apply.
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The information about your use of the website (including your IP address and the URLs of the accessed pages) generated by the cookie will be transmitted to and stored in Google’s servers. We do not store any of your Personal Data collected by Google Analytics.
This website uses an IP anonymization feature provided by Google Analytics. Your IP address will therefore be truncated/anonymized by Google as soon as it receives it., Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to us. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
4. Transferring of your Personal Data
We may share your Personal Data with the following categories of recipients.
a. Entities in A&S Group;
b. Service providers such as external professional advisors and IT-related service providers; and
c. Any parties relevant to the performance of the professional services you requested such as competent authorities, law enforcement agencies or courts, to the extent necessary for us to provide our legal services or comply with applicable laws or regulations.
Some of the recipients referred to above are located in countries outside, or process Personal Data outside of the EEA or UK. The level of data protection in any such country may not be equivalent to that in the EEA or UK. However, we only transfer your Personal Data to countries where the EU Commission or the UK government, as appropriate, has decided that they have an adequate level of data protection (e.g., Japan) or we take measures to ensure that all recipients provide an adequate level of data protection. We do this, e.g., by entering into appropriate data transfer agreements based on Standard Contractual Clauses (2010/87/EC and/or 2004/915/EC). These are accessible upon request (see the contact details in Section 7 below).
5. Retention period of Personal Data
6. Your rights regarding to your Personal Data
You have a number of legal rights in regard to the Personal Data we retain. These rights may depend on where you are located and which data protection laws will apply to the relationship between you and us, but would typically include:
a. The right to access: you can ask us for a copy of part or all of your Personal Data which we process for the purposes set out above;
b. The right to rectification: you can ask us at any time to correct your Personal Data if it is incorrect or incomplete;
c. The right to erasure: you can ask us to delete your Personal Data we process, if this does not otherwise violate our obligations under applicable laws or a natural person’s vital interests;
d. The right to restriction of processing: you can ask us to limit the processing of your Personal Data;
e. The right to objection of use: you can ask us to stop the processing of your Personal Data, if the processing is not based on our legitimate interests and there is no other lawful basis that we can rely on to continue processing your Personal Data;
f. The right to data portability: you can ask us to transfer your Personal Data we process to another processor;
g. The right to withdraw consent: you can withdraw your given consent to the processing of your Personal Data. We will, upon your request, restrain from any future process of your Personal Data, unless the processing can be continued based on another legal basis (e.g., our legitimate interests, legal obligations, a natural person’s vital interests or public interest);
h. The right to complaint: you can lodge complaints with competent supervisory authorities at any time if you believe our processing of your Personal Data violates your rights or applicable laws and regulations.
You can exercise your rights by contacting us in accordance with Section 7.
7. Contact Details
You may contact A&S at:
Atsumi & Sakai LPC
Fukoku Seimei Bldg. (Reception: 16F), 2-2, Uchisaiwaicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011 Japan
Attention: Ryuichi Nozaki (Partner)
Telephone: +81 (0)3-5501-2111
You may contact A&S Germany at:
Atsumi Sakai Janssen Rechtsanwalts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH
OpernTurm (13th Floor) Bockenheimer Landstraße 2–4, 60306 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Attention: Frank Becker*, admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany
* Not Registered as a Foreign Lawyer and not practicing law in Japan
You may contact A&S London at:
Atsumi & Sakai Europe Limited
4th Floor, 50 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7QR, United Kingdom
Attention: Naoki Kanehisa (Partner)