Oct 25, 2014

279 people in administrative limbo without family registration

The Justice Ministry said it has confirmed that at least 279 people have no family registration because birth notifications weren’t submitted due to divorce or other reasons. It is the first time the ministry has disclosed such data. Some municipalities refused to cooperate to ...

Sep 23, 2014

Hackers access Justice Ministry data on bullying

The Justice Ministry has revealed one of its computer networks was hacked and that some information may have been stolen. The ministry is assessing the extent of the damage, officials said Monday, adding that data on school bullying, abuse and other human rights violations ...

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.

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 ...