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Takashi Nakazaki

Takashi Nakazaki

Anderson Mori & TomotsuneOtemachi Park Building1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-kuTokyoJapan100-8136

Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Data - Telecoms & Media 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Takashi Nakazaki is well known for his broad practice, which spans advising clients on telecoms regulatory compliance, cross-border licensing issues and copyright matters.

Questions & Answers

Takashi Nakazaki has been consistently ranked as one of the top lawyers in the fields of data protection and information security for the past several years. He published a bestselling publication about GDPR in April 2018. In addition, he regularly assists the Japanese government in the areas of data protection and cyberlaw. Takashi contributes to the technology committee of the IBA as vice chair of the data protection governance and privacy subcommittee; and to the IAPP Tokyo as a co-founder.

What has been your most interesting case to date, and why? 

One of the most interesting cases to date has been advising on the collection of covid-19 patient data effectively and adequately pursuant to the existing privacy and data protection regulations. The approach to this issue required swift consideration of the differences among regulations applicable to the private sector, the public sector and medical institutions, as well as the possible responses from the public in a short period of time. Another compelling case involved tough negotiations with the authorities regarding advice relating to the establishment of data transfer mechanisms through satellites and ground-based stations in the absence of available space within Japanese cities for parabolas with high output power. 

What do you enjoy most about practising in data and technology law?

The need within the data and technology sectors for practical advice in a rapidly evolving legal landscape has drawn me to the challenging and exciting work in this area. Technology continues to advance rapidly in both the data and technology fields, which constantly creates new business possibilities. Legislation in Japan is a lengthy process, and even more so when lawmakers seek to establish new laws or amend current laws to address and keep pace with the rapid changes that are brought about through the implementation of new technologies. In particular, social and business circumstances of data business are changing speedily. Many countries have established new privacy regulations and enacted amendments in order to protect consumers’ privacy rights more effectively, which requires businesses to adapt to those changes smoothly. 

What are the most important ways that covid-19 has impacted clients and your practice? 

Japanese clients have a long tradition and culture of old-fashioned and paper-based customs, such as using a seal (hanko) on paper to execute a contract. During the lockdown for covid-19, Japanese clients were suddenly required to introduce remote working styles, which meant the end of such paper-based systems in the business sector. More and more Japanese companies should introduce the use of e-signatures into their business practice.

What is the key to successfully applying data law expertise to the matters of clients from a wide variety of sectors? 

Data collection and processing systems vary widely depending on each client and each industry. However, common issues exist, including how to comply with privacy regulations while meeting consumers’ expectations, and how to allocate risks related to data business among raw data holders, data analysis service providers, and businesses that purchase the analysis results.

What are the main challenges you face when advising technology start-ups? 

Technology start-ups create novel technologies to support new and evolutionary businesses, which makes it difficult to apply existing regulations to those innovative projects. Further, start-ups usually aim to be listed on stock exchange markets, which means that they will be subject to listing examinations, including a legal risk check. Lawyers in this field must advise start-ups in the balance between taking business chances and legal risks. Also, start-ups may collaborate with existing major companies, and often have difficulties determining how to own the rights of products established through those collaborations. Lawyers may have difficulty in advising clients regarding how to adequately specify the rights relationship prior to starting the project.

What impact do you see new technologies making in the telecommunications sector in the next few years?

New 5G technologies will make a strong impact and create a market explosion in the telecommunications sector in the coming years. This technology will enable consumers to enjoy unexpected experiences, including connected cars, autonomous vehicles, e-sports and enhanced medical services.

What do clients look for in an effective data and technology lawyer?

Clients in the data and technology industry look for speedy responses and flexible thinking with respect to new technologies. For example, clients in the telecommunications industry focus on concise knowledge and long-time experience because the industry is heavily regulated.

Where, in your opinion, does the future of the practice area lie?

In my opinion, the future of the practice area lies in the intersection of telecommunication, data business and healthcare. 

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Takashi Nakazaki regularly assists clients in complex IT matters, ranging from e-commerce projects and regulatory advice to software licensing and management and regulatory advice.

Biography

Takashi Nakazaki is special counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune with broad experience in the areas of data protection and privacy (including big data and IoT), information security, intellectual property including copyright and trademarks, licensing (including software licences and patent licences), and payment services (including credit cards and pre-paid cards). Further, he has experience working on matters relating to cyber law issues such as cloud computing, domain names, e-commerce, and social media and other technology-related areas (including computer forensics, digital copyright, software development and open source code), telecommunications, labour and general corporate law.

In the area of cyber law, he frequently advises various international and domestic online service companies including operators of online games, social games, online gambling, SNS and live-streaming. In addition, he regularly assists the Japanese government in data protection and cyber law areas including the national Omote-nashi (Hospitality) project and continuously leads IAPP Tokyo as a co-chair.

Recently, he has focused on artificial intelligence, casino, e-sport, gambling, social media and robot issues, and also contributes to the IBA technology committee and AIPPI Japan as an editorial board member.

Mr Nakazaki has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in the data protection and information security field for the past several years. He leads the technology and information practice group of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

Mr Nakazaki received his LLB from the University of Tokyo (1998), and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School (2008). He worked for Arnold & Porter LLP (September 2008–June 2009) before resuming his position at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

Data - Telecoms & Media 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Takashi Nakazaki is well known for his broad practice, which spans advising clients on telecoms regulatory compliance, cross-border licensing issues and copyright matters.

Biography

Takashi Nakazaki is special counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune with broad experience in the areas of data protection and privacy (including big data and IoT), information security, intellectual property including copyright and trademarks, licensing (including software licences and patent licences), and payment services (including credit cards and pre-paid cards). Further, he has experience working on matters relating to cyber law issues such as cloud computing, domain names, e-commerce, and social media and other technology-related areas (including computer forensics, digital copyright, software development and open source code), telecommunications, labour and general corporate law.

In the area of cyber law, he frequently advises various international and domestic online service companies including operators of online games, social games, online gambling, SNS and live streaming. In addition, he regularly assists the Japanese government in data protection and cyber law areas including the national Omote-nashi (Hospitality) project and continuously leads IAPP Tokyo as a co-chair.

Recently, he has focused on artificial intelligence, casino, e-sport, gambling, social media and robot issues, and also contributes to the IBA technology committee and AIPPI Japan as an editorial board member.

Mr Nakazaki has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in the data protection and information security field for the past several years. He leads the technology and information practice group of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

Mr Nakazaki received his LLB from the University of Tokyo (1998), and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School (2008). He worked for Arnold & Porter LLP (September 2008–June 2009) before resuming his position at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

National Leader

Japan - Data 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Takashi Nakazaki is "very highly regarded" by market sources who consider him "an excellent lawyer" who "knows a lot about GDPR".

Biography

Takashi Nakazaki is special counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune with broad experience in the areas of data protection and privacy (including big data and IoT), information security, intellectual property including copyright and trademarks, licensing (including software licences and patent licences), and payment services (including credit cards and pre-paid cards). Further, he has experience working on matters relating to cyberlaw issues such as cloud computing, domain names, e-commerce, and social media and other technology-related areas (including computer forensics, digital copyright, software development and open source code), telecommunications, labour and general corporate law.

Mr Nakazaki has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in the data protection and information security field for several years. In April 2018, he authored a bestselling Japanese-language publication on GDPR. In addition, he regularly assists the Japanese government in data protection and cyberlaw areas, including AI and data contracts guidelines, and the national omotenashi project. He leads the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) (Tokyo branch) as a co-chair, as well as the technology and information practice group of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

Mr Nakazaki has written many articles on various topics such as data protection and privacy, AI, e-sport, online gambling, social media and robots. He also contributes to the IBA technology committee; AIPPI, as a member of the standing committee on IT and the internet; and AIPPI Japan as an editorial board member.

Mr Nakazaki received his LLB from the University of Tokyo (1998), and his LLM from Columbia Law School (2008). He worked for Arnold & Porter (September 2008–June 2009) before returning to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

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