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

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 ...