As well as uncovering government waste, the bean counters have pushed back — politely — over state secret exemptions.
Abolished and later resurrected system of awards may shape as well as reflect trends in society.
How the Supreme Court dealt with its mail problem says much about the way the law works in Japan.
Decades after her birth, Renho is still being punished for having a Japanese parent who was female, not male.
The obvious route to allowing Emperor Akihito's abdication would involve amending the Imperial Household Law, not constitutional change.
Law has the teeth to tackle everything from peeing and posters to more serious matters.
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.
Family registry system can seem schizophrenic but its authority keeps citizens out of the courts.
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.
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.