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Colin P.A. Jones
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
May 14, 2017
Testing time for the Constitution at 70
So you fancy yourself as a scholar on Japan's supreme law? Try testing your knowledge of the Constitution's birth with this quiz.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Apr 22, 2017
'Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law': Championing mediocrity in the courts
Ignore the irony of a tenured Harvard professor railing against the pursuit of excellence and employment security and J. Mark Ramseyer's book is fun and enlightening.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Apr 12, 2017
Japanese people v. the United States et al
Stories of the Japanese people whom fate — and, more often than not, citizenship — brought before America's highest court.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Mar 12, 2017
Who gains from corporate governance in Japan?
Perhaps managers need to channel the spooky kid from 'The Sixth Sense' and start seeing shareholders everywhere, because that is probably closest to social reality in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Feb 5, 2017
No country for old emperors
Brushing over precedents and kicking looming threats down the line, a government-appointed panel has dutifully paved the way for a politically convenient one-off abdication.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Jan 15, 2017
Examining a year in the life of the country's Diet
When not trying to get elected, Japan's 700-plus Diet members (475 in the House of Representatives, 242 in the House of Councilors) conduct the weighty business of the nation. With the 193rd session of the national legislature under the current Constitution scheduled to commence on Jan. 20, let's look...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues
Dec 4, 2016
Japan's Board of Audit: unlikely guardians of the Constitution?
On Nov. 7, an annual ritual of government occurred: The Board of Audit delivered its report on the results of its audit of government accounts for the previous fiscal year (April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016) to the Cabinet. The 1,123-page paper brick handed over to His Abe-ness identified billions of...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Nov 9, 2016
So-called egalitarian Japan is still honor-bound
Abolished and later resurrected system of awards may shape as well as reflect trends in society.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Oct 9, 2016
9/11: the day Japan's Supreme Court went (slightly) postal
How the Supreme Court dealt with its mail problem says much about the way the law works in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Sep 28, 2016
Renho nationality furor exposes Japan's deeply embedded gender bias
Decades after her birth, Renho is still being punished for having a Japanese parent who was female, not male.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Aug 28, 2016
Japan fumbles for the legal path to an 'Emprexit'
The obvious route to allowing Emperor Akihito's abdication would involve amending the Imperial Household Law, not constitutional change.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Aug 7, 2016
Japan's Minor Offenses Act has major untapped potential
Law has the teeth to tackle everything from peeing and posters to more serious matters.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Jul 10, 2016
Japan's discriminatory koseki registry system looks ever more outdated
Once part of a panopticon-like system in which everyone would feel that they were being monitored but could also participate in the monitoring process, the kosei is now showing its age.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Jun 22, 2016
Japan's koseki system: dull, uncaring but terribly efficient
Family registry system can seem schizophrenic but its authority keeps citizens out of the courts.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
May 8, 2016
Does the Japanese Constitution mean anything?
If the Liberal Democratic Party gets its way, the current charter, full of rights that are barely known, would be replaced with a constitution that's more about duties.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 18, 2016
In-out distinction raises linguistic issues for Japan's long-term 'inside outsiders'
In this culture, some basic distinctions are made between those who are Japanese and those who are not — differences reflected in both law and language.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Apr 17, 2016
Two years after Japan signed Hague, children have been returned but old issues remain
A couple of years have passed since Japan signed the international convention on child abduction, and there is cause for celebration — and concern.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 21, 2016
Lessons in history and bureaucracy lurk within Japan's geographical layer cake
Although in English we say Japan has 47 prefectures, Japanese uses four terms to express the same concept. And that's just for starters.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Mar 13, 2016
Making an impression in Japan: a hanko primer
Everything you wanted to know about chops, from cheapo ¥100-shop seals to the Privy Seal of Japan, which is wielded by the Emperor and hewn from pure gold.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 8, 2016
Words about sentences: the Japanese vocab of crime and punishment
Navigating the terms and kanji involved in the penal process in Japan can be a trial in itself.

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