Jul 18, 2014

Tanigaki vows internship revamp, foreign-friendly policies

by Tomohiro Osaki

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 ...

Jun 11, 2014

Rights groups slam criminal justice reforms

by Tomohiro Osaki

Seventeen human rights and citizens’ groups submitted a petition to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday slamming its proposal to reform criminal investigations as “far from enough” to improve transparency and prevent wrongful arrests. The proposal, outlined by the ministry on April 30, laid the ...

Feb 7, 2014

Juvenile offenders face stiffer terms

The Cabinet approved a bill Friday to lengthen the maximum jail term for juvenile criminal offenders to 20 years from 15, allowing the government to submit it to the Diet. The government is under pressure from people victimized by crimes to revise the Juvenile ...