Jul 17, 2014

Supreme Court's dereliction of duty

By rejecting a citizens' request to have the government disclose secret documents that allegedly show Japan's financial obligations in the 1972 reversion of Okinawa from U.S. control, the Supreme Court has evaded its duty to protect people's right to know.

May 21, 2014

Top court says lay judge system working well at five-year mark

Nearly 50,000 people have participated as principal or alternate lay judges in criminal trials under the system introduced five years ago, the Supreme Court said. The total stood at 49,434 as of March 31, comprising 36,837 principal lay judges and 12,597 supplementary judges, who ...

Wartime labor case brews in South Korea

Feb 22, 2014

Wartime labor case brews in South Korea

Japanese officials may soon get a fresh diplomatic headache stemming from its colonialist past with South Korea as it struggles to cope with the sex slave denial issue, a territorial dispute and challenges to the naming of the Sea of Japan. The government is ...

Nov 26, 2013

Death penalty to stand in 2005 Hyogo killings

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by a 47-year-old man who was sentenced to death for killing two women and dismembering their corpses in Hyogo Prefecture in 2005. The Supreme Court’s No. 1 Petty Bench effectively finalized the death sentence for Kazuya Takayanagi, ...