Aug 6, 2014

Gay marriage arguments flooding U.S. courts

A slew of appeals court cases around America on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry are putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

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 ...