[cabfpub] Ballot 132 - EV Code Signing Timestamp Validity Period

Atsushi Inaba atsushi.inaba at globalsign.com
Wed Sep 10 07:55:00 UTC 2014

Again, I would be happy if this information helps you.


Kind regards,
Atsushi Inaba

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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Ballot 132 - EV Code Signing Timestamp Validity

Inaba-san.  Thanks for reply.

I see that EVCS could be used for "other digital objects".
My colleague and I have found that article 33.2 of Commercial Code, also
known as SYOUHOU 33 NO 2 ZYOU in Japanese, permits to electronic signature
on Electromagnetic Records as an action in lieu of the signing or the
affixing of names and seals.
We've found that subarticles 435(2), 435(4) of Companies Act permits to
prepare Financial Statements as Electromagnetic Records, as well as that, on
stock companies, they must be retained for ten years.
But we could not find that Commercial Code and/or Companies Act require
Financial Statements to be signed or affixed names and seals (or an action
in lieu of them).

Inaba-san seems to imply that Financial Statements needs the signing or the
affixing of names and seals, or action in lieu of them.

Could I have authoritative source?

>I'm not sure whether I am appropriate or not to make a response to the 
>The Rationale of the Ballot 132 says as follows... 
>Ballot 132 - EV Code Signing Timestamp Validity Period Rationale for 
>Ballot 132 1. Ideally, TSA services should be consistent across the 
>multiple services that rely on them (Code Signing, EV Code Signing, 
>AATLs, etc.) 2. Time stamps are used not just to time-stamp code, but 
>other objects, such as signed financial reports and other digital 
>>But I still just wondering that how code signing have something to do 
>>with these subarticles 435(2), 435(4) of the Japanese Companies Act.  
>>Though I am a programmer and not a lawyer, it seems for me that these 
>>subarticles are mentioning paper works of physical documentations, not 
>>digitally signed progmams or data.  (Or am I wrong?)
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