Culture of over-regulation helps explain the country's persistent problem with data falsification.
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Disciplinary hearings for outspoken jurist over a dog-dumping story can only damage Japan's judiciary.
Read all about it in the government's daily gazette, from laws and notices of naughtiness to deaths and even poetry.
With over 1,000 courts but less than 4,000 judges, somehow 3.5 million cases get cleared every year.
Dogged father in Hague Convention case shines a light on a check-and-balance on the judiciary that barely functions.
Punishing migrant children for the sins of their parents is both stupid and contrary to fundamental American ideals.
Did that headline grab you? I hope so, because how else are we supposed to get you to read an article about Japanese Supreme Court cases?
Defanged habeas corpus grew some teeth in last month's Nagoya international custody ruling, but the problem of toothless enforcement remains.
Having experienced schools around the world, why do Colin P.A. Jones' daughters rank Japan's bottom of the class?
Early each year, Law of the Land likes to reflect on what one of Japan's three branches of government did the previous one. This time we'll look at the surprisingly durable Shinzo Abe habitat known as the Cabinet. First, lawyerly foreplay: definitions. What is the ...