Grand rulings hogged the headlines in 2015 while the Petty Benches sweated the small stuff and big issues were kicked down the line.
When government announcements describe "new" problems and propose solutions, they should be taken with a side-order of salt.
When did the Abe-verse become an alternate reality where past violations of the nation's basic law can, with a straight face, be used to justify further violations of the same type?
It's worth bearing in mind that the most prominent case concerning the constitutional rights of foreigners involved an American who got kicked out of the country for participating in antiwar protests.
'Where's the justice?!" That's the common refrain of people who lose in court. In Japan, the answer may be "nowhere," at least as far as terminology goes. The Japanese word for "justice," seigi (正義), is rarely used as a legal term the way it is ...
Do you lie awake at night wondering "Who can arrest me, and why?" The answer is: anyone.
This Sunday's poll could well prove a high-water mark of pointlessness even for Japan: an election campaign waged against the unelected.