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.
A couple of years have passed since Japan signed the international convention on child abduction, and there is cause for celebration — and concern.
Although in English we say Japan has 47 prefectures, Japanese uses four terms to express the same concept. And that's just for starters.
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.
Navigating the terms and kanji involved in the penal process in Japan can be a trial in itself.
Here at Law of the Land, I try to share "the Japanese law experience" with general readers. Today's experience is called "The Frustration of Reading Supreme Court Decisions" and takes as examples two of the most significant decisions of 2015: one on a law ...
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.