Tag - japanese-courts



Plaintiffs filing damages lawsuits over forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenic protection law head to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 2, 2023
Grand Bench of top court to rule on forced sterilization damages
Five district courts have found the old law to be unconstitutional, but all rejected damages claims citing the statute of limitations.
Rina Gonoi, who made the rare move of coming forward over alleged sexual offenses she suffered while serving as a Ground Self-Defense Forces member, speaks to reporters outside the Fukushima District Court on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 30, 2023
Two years sought for three ex-SDF members in major sex crime case
The case has gained wide public attention as the victim, Rina Gonoi, made the rare move of coming forward over the alleged sexual offenses.
Takuya Matsunaga (right), who lost his wife and daughter in a 2019 crash in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district, attends a news conference on Friday along with his father-in-law, Yoshinori Uehara.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Ex-Japan bureaucrat ordered to pay damages over fatal 2019 crash
Kozo Iizuka had already been sentenced to five years in prison, after the car he was driving crashed into Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her daughter Riko, 3.
Plaintiffs, lawyers and supporters march to the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 30, the same day the court ruled that Japan’s lack of legal protections for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Oct 27, 2023
Japan's 'failed' same-sex marriage lawsuits can still propel reform
Even unsuccessful cases challenging Japan’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage have gotten courts to acknowledge a constitutional problem.
The Kyoto District Court, where hearings are being held in a 2019 arson case that left 36 Kyoto Animation employees dead.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Delusion led suspect to attack KyoAni studio, doctor tells court
The assessment contrast with that of another doctor, who said the suspect's delusion had almost no influence in the attack.
Hideko Hakamata (front, second from left) and lawyers head to the Shizuoka District Court on Friday for the first hearing of the retrial of Hakamata's brother Iwao, who spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Man accused of 1966 quadruple murder is innocent, sister says
Iwao Hakamata, 87, spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
Hiroshi Watanabe is taken by police to prosecutors in Saitama Prefecture in February 2022.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2023
Man charged with fatally shooting doctor denies intent to kill
The victims were working at a clinic responsible for providing home medical care for the shooter's mother who had died the previous day.
Lawyers Kazuyuki Minami (left) and Masafumi Yoshida (right) representing a transgender woman show off signs that say "unconstitutional" and "sent back" to a lower court, during a news conference Wednesday in Tokyo after a Supreme Court decision.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2023
Supreme Court hands down landmark decision on transgender rights
A law requiring sterilization surgery to change a person's legal gender has been declared “unconstitutional."
The Unification Church headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward
JAPAN / Society
Oct 23, 2023
Unification Church tells branches to manage assets based on law
Lawmakers are stepping up efforts to ensure the assets of the Japan affiliate will be used to help victims of the group's donation tactics.
Kanata Kimoto had his womb and ovaries removed in Thailand when he was 24, so he could have his legal gender status changed. Now he questions whether such an invasive and costly procedure was necessary.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 22, 2023
Calls grow to abolish Japan's surgery requirement for gender change
Between 2004 and 2022, a total of 11,919 people had their gender changed through the law in Japan.
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV bows in front of media after being released on bail set at ¥5 million in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2023
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke pleads guilty to assisting parents' suicides
“The feelings of regret, remorse and gratitude (to my supporters) are something I will carry for the rest of my life,” Ennosuke said.
The Tokyo District Court
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2023
American man found not guilty over killing of wife at Tokyo courthouse
The ruling said the man couldn’t be held accountable because he was suffering from schizophrenia when he killed his wife in 2019.
The Supreme Court Grand Bench on Wednesday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 18, 2023
Top court rules 2022 election vote disparity constitutional
The decision followed 16 rulings from lower courts, with one saying the gap was unconstitutional and eight calling it in a "state of unconstitutionality."
Nobuo Okamura (right), an executive handling legal affairs for the Unification Church, speaks during a news conference on Monday at the organization's headquarters in Tokyo, as the church's lawyer Nobuya Fukumoto looks on.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 16, 2023
Unification Church calls government move a violation of rights
A news conference offered a glimpse of how the church will defend itself against a request to revoke its religious corporation status.
The Tokyo headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 15, 2023
Japan opposition seeks law on Unification Church asset protection
Despite differing views on method, the CDP and Nippon Ishin no Kai want to prevent the organization's money being deliberately moved overseas.
A Kura Sushi restaurant in Nagoya
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 13, 2023
Man convicted over viral 'licking' video at Nagoya sushi outlet
Ryoga Yoshino was sentenced by the Nagoya District Court to three years in prison, suspended for five years.
The Japan headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church, in Tokyo on Friday
JAPAN / Explainer
Oct 13, 2023
What’s next in the Unification Church saga?
The government sought a court order on Friday to strip the Unification Church of its religious corporation status. The process is just beginning.
On Friday, Nara District Court held its first meeting with lawyers and prosecutors to prepare for the trial of the man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 13, 2023
First pretrial procedure for Abe suspect held amid tight security
The defendant, Tetsuya Yamagami, 43, did not attend the closed-door pretrial procedure.
Gen Suzuki (center) and his defense team before entering the Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka Family Court in October
Oct 12, 2023
Requiring surgery for gender change unconstitutional: court
A Japanese court has said that a law requiring surgery to switch genders on a family registry is unconstitutional.
The government will ask the Tokyo District Court to revoke the religious corporation status of the Unification Church.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 12, 2023
Government seeks court order revoking Unification Church’s status
If the request is approved, the group would forfeit its religious corporation status along with the associated tax benefits.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world