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 ...

Sep 6, 2013

Belated justice in inheritance cases

It is unfortunate that it took so long for the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a Civic Code provision that discriminated against children born out of wedlock.

Salesman sets out to prevent inheritance fights

| Aug 2, 2013

Salesman sets out to prevent inheritance fights

As an insurance salesman in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture, Hisao Ito, 55, has seen times when family members and relatives fight over inheritances. To reduce such disputes, Ito established the Japanese Inheritance Association, bringing together lawyers, tax accountants and judicial scriveners to study past cases. ...

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.