Attorney glut may hit foreign firms

| Mar 2, 2010

Attorney glut may hit foreign firms

COLIN P. A. JONES One of the interesting things about being part of Japan’s new law school system and its role in greatly increasing the number of Japanese attorneys is this: Nobody seems to have bothered asking the Japanese people if they actually need ...

No one-size-fits-all for foreign suffrage

| Feb 23, 2010

No one-size-fits-all for foreign suffrage

by Sarah Noorbakhsh

Support has been surprisingly muted for the Hatoyama administration’s push toward suffrage for foreign permanent residents, even among the constituencies such a law would enfranchise. The debate is definitely a hot one, sparking a number of protests against the plan around Tokyo, with opposition ...

Children's rights, judicial wrongs

| Feb 2, 2010

Children's rights, judicial wrongs

by Colin P.A. Jones

Last in a two-part series Parents, lawyers and activists alike understandably frame the problems of parental child abduction and parental alienation in Japan in terms of children’s rights. While it would be easy to conclude from what I wrote in last week’s column that ...

Judges fill the gaps in Japan's family law

| Jan 26, 2010

Judges fill the gaps in Japan's family law

by Colin P.A. Jones

First in a two-part series Last year was an important one for child custody issues in Japan, with growing international pressure on Japan to sign the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, and the dramatic arrest of Christopher Savoie in September for supposedly “kidnapping” ...