With background checks unobtainable and information about lawbreakers kept under wraps, dealing with a person's past can be tricky.
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Supreme Court ruling in tattoo case can be seen as a rare example of Japan’s courts second-guessing a regulator as to the interpretation of regulations.
Japan's COVID-19 shutout of long-term foreign residents reflects a fundamental dichotomy in how the nation treats Japanese and non-Japanese.
Article 9 of Japan's Constitution, which renounces war, has been interpreted as permitting the maintenance and use of military force for self-defense, but this has led to some interesting linguistic gymnastics.