Mar 4, 2015

Update discriminatory Civil Code

The Supreme Court should not hesitate to rule that Civil Code provisions related to marriage surnames and remarriage after divorce are discriminatory and thus unconstitutional.

Feb 25, 2015

Panel wants terms of contracts provision in Civil Code

A government panel has proposed a range of revisions to the Civil Code, including the addition of new provisions on the terms and conditions of contracts between businesses and consumers. In a proposal submitted to Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa on Tuesday, the Legislative Council ...

Sep 7, 2014

Updating the Civil Code

The brevity of Japan's Civil Code, compared with those in Western countries, has enabled flexible interpretations that the Justice Ministry is trying to standardize with proposed revisions that it has been working on for the past five years.

Aug 27, 2014

Beefed-up consumer protections in Civil Code move forward

A draft outline that would add consumer protections to the Civil Code has passed a government advisory panel subgroup. It would be the first major change to the Civil Code affecting claims since the law was enacted in 1896. However, in the face of ...

Nov 12, 2013

Bill leveling inheritance rights hit for falling short

The Cabinet approved a bill Tuesday to amend the Civil Code so that it will grant the same inheritance rights to legitimate and illegitimate children in line with a Supreme Court decision in September, but critics say it falls short. The Diet is expected ...

End of unequal inheritance lauded

| Sep 5, 2013

End of unequal inheritance lauded

by Tomohiro Osaki

Legal experts said Wednesday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court that the Civil Code provision denying full inheritance rights to heirs born out of wedlock is unconstitutional was welcome but late in coming. The fact that the justices reached the decision unanimously, they say, ...

Top court may annul inheritance disparity

Jul 10, 2013

Top court may annul inheritance disparity

The Supreme Court convenes its Grand Bench to consider disputes over a Civil Code provision for less inheritance for illegitimate children, indicating it may reverse its earlier interpretation of the provision as constitutional.

Feb 28, 2013

Top court to assess kids' inheritance limits

The Supreme Court's Grand Bench will examine two cases that question whether a Civil Code stipulation limiting inheritance rights of children born out of wedlock infringes on the Constitution, which guarantees equality for all under the law.