Contributed By Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
The Expropriation of Land Act (Act No 219 of 1951, as amended) amendments of 2017 and thereafter are not reflected)
empowers an operator of electricity business under the Electricity Business Act to expropriate a piece of land for its business in exchange for paying just compensation to the right-holder, following the procedure set out therein.
In order to expropriate land lots, the operator must first obtain approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) or the relevant local government, as the case may be, on an undertaking that necessitates expropriation. After obtaining such approval, the operator files for expropriation with the Expropriation Committee, which will grant to the operator an award of expropriation unless the undertaking is found to be materially different or materially differently implemented than as explained to MLIT or the relevant local government.