Courts, U.N. shine spotlight on hate speech in Japan

| Aug 4, 2014

Courts, U.N. shine spotlight on hate speech in Japan

Rarely in the history of Japan have public concerns over hate speech appeared so intense and widespread as today. On July 8, the Osaka High Court upheld an unprecedented lower court ruling that denounced as “racial discrimination” the invective spewed by a group of ...

A closer look at the Supreme Court's welfare benefits ruling

| Jul 25, 2014

A closer look at the Supreme Court's welfare benefits ruling

Opinions are divided over how the Supreme Court ruling last week declaring permanent foreign residents of Japan ineligible for welfare payments will affect the foreign communities in Japan. In Japan, welfare benefits comprise public assistance for financially needy people, including monthly stipends for living ...

Welfare ruling stuns foreigners

Jul 19, 2014

Welfare ruling stuns foreigners

The Supreme Court's landmark decision that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not entitled to welfare benefits will discourage municipalities from doling out such aid.

Vagina artist wins release, urges public to challenge taboos

Jul 19, 2014

Vagina artist wins release, urges public to challenge taboos

An artist arrested for distributing 3-D data of her vagina online urged the public to outgrow the perception that female genitalia are taboo or shameful, after being released from police custody on Friday. “I believe this arrest was completely unjust and unreasonable,” said Megumi ...

Jul 18, 2014

Tanigaki vows internship revamp, foreign-friendly policies

Addressing the foreign press, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to revamping the foreign trainee program, which critics say is rife with human rights violations. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tanigaki trumpeted a range of initiatives Japan is ...

Jul 15, 2014

Government-backed innovation initiative looking for 'weirdos'

Tech-savvy “weirdos” are now wanted for an unusual government-sponsored project that seeks to spur innovation by backing people capable of producing “disruptive change” in conservative Japan. Starting Monday, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry began taking applications from “idiosyncratic and innovative” individuals who hope ...