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Establishing a Compliant Global Whistleblowing System for Japanese Organisations 

A practical guide to the new Japanese WPA regulations from Baker McKenzie Tokyo and NAVEX

Japan is following the footsteps of several jurisdictions globally by creating new legislative requirements aimed at increasing the protection of whistleblowers. From June, amendments to the Japan Whistleblowing Protection Act (WPA) will mean big changes for organisations operating in Japan who will be obligated to establish an internal whistleblowing system. The new guidelines require organisations not only to properly respond to whistleblowing reports received through their reporting system but also to protect all those who report a concern from retaliation.

This webinar will be held in local language (Japanese), with a section in English. Professional live audio translation from Japanese to English and English to Japanese will be available during the webinar.


Join Takeshi Yoshida from Baker McKenzie, Tokyo, and Jan Stappers from NAVEX who will be discussing what the changes to the WPA regulation will mean to organisations operating in Japan. By attending this webinar you will leave with an understanding of the key requirements of the new legislation, the guidelines and practical knowhow the regulators expect you to follow and the services that are available to help you establish a global and compliant whistleblowing system.

An overview of the obligations and scope of the new regulation

What WPA guidelines should be followed when establishing a whistleblowing system

An overview of whistleblowing services from NAVEX and Baker McKenzie

Meet our speakers

Takeshi Yoshida

Takeshi Yoshida is a partner in the Baker & McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution and Compliance & Investigations groups in Tokyo. Takeshi focuses his practice on international and domestic dispute resolution, crisis management, investigation and compliance in connection with bribery, human rights violations and participation in cartels, among other issues. He has been recognized as a “Next Generation Partner” in Japan’s dispute resolution field by Legal 500 (2021 and 2022 edition). He is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as a CIA, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as a CFE.

Jan Stappers LLM

An expert in organisational whistleblowing management, Jan is engaged in the development of the new ISO 37002 Standard, is a frequent speaker on subjects related to whistleblowing, and has authored various articles on new legislation concerning whistleblower protection, anti-corruption and organisational whistleblowing best practices.

Jan is CIPP/E is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E). He holds a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) from King’s College London in the United Kingdom (EU Competition Law) and a Master’s Degree (LL.M) from Leiden University in the Netherlands (European Law).