Apr 8, 2016

Ruling coalition submits bill to curb hate speech

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition on Friday submitted a potentially game-changing bill to the Upper House aimed at eliminating hate speech. Although the legislation may herald a break from Japan’s traditionally lukewarm attitude toward curbing racism and hate speech, it imposes no penalties ...

Landmark new laws put suicide prevention front and center

Mar 30, 2016

Landmark new laws put suicide prevention front and center

In what was hailed as a landmark development, the Diet passed an amendment last week to the suicide prevention law for the first time since its enactment 10 years ago — this time requiring local-level authorities to take preventive action. Experts say the overhaul ...