The lower house of the Japanese parliament has approved a trade agreement that could increase sales of US beef and other agricultural products. The measure goes next to the upper house, which is expected to back the deal. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (19 Nov.)
Cryptoassets are "tradeable property" and smart contracts are "enforceable agreements" under English law, according to a task force of the Lawtech Delivery Panel. The statement aims to give legal certainty for use of cryptoassets and smart contracts in the financial-services industry, says Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales. CoinDesk (UK) (18 Nov.)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority are working on a memorandum of understanding to establish a system for exchanging licensing information on insurance producers and registered representatives. ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (19 Nov.)
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