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Robert Hauberg

Robert Hauberg is an attorney with Baker Donelson, where he currently leads the firm's Securities and SEC Enforcement subgroup. A former leader of the firm's Government Regulatory Actions Group, he has represented clients and companies across the globe in complex civil litigation. Prior to private practice, he served as a federal prosecutor in the DOJ's antitrust and criminal fraud divisions.

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Japan restricts entry to many convicted people

Chidorigafuchi_sakuraJapan has perhaps the strictest conviction-related bars to entry of any country, extending broadly to many felonies (and even some misdemeanors) and without regard to length of stay or purpose.  Even when entry to other countries has been grante
d with an administrative waiver, as to Canada, U.S. executives of Japanese-based companies have found their landing rights denied when attempting to attend meetings at their Japanese headquarters. Protests to the Japanese Consulate in the United States have been unsuccessful.

Specifically, the Japanese Ministry of Justice has interpreted the restrictions imposed by Japan’s Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to bar entry to anyone sentenced to more than a year in prison, and anyone convicted of a drug offense, felony or misdemeanor, no matter how dated or minor. conviction.

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