Tag - legislation



Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2022
Crossbow possession banned in Japan after law revision takes effect
Crossbows can now only be owned for purposes such as shooting competitions or animal anesthesia, with owners needing to get a permit from their prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 23, 2018
Poll finds nearly two-thirds oppose passage of casino bill; Cabinet's approval rating falls to 43.4%
Nearly two-thirds of respondents oppose the recently passed bill authorizing the opening of Japan's first casinos, highlighting deep-rooted public concern about gambling addiction and additional crime, a poll shows.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2018
Green light for casinos offers jackpot to Japanese companies
Let the competition begin.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 8, 2018
Ruling coalition holds back on casino bill ahead of Niigata gubernatorial election
The powerful ruling coalition can simply force the fiercely contested bill through the Lower House panel, but that might have been unwise ahead of Niigata's gubernatorial election Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 26, 2018
Proposed Kibo no To policy criticizes Abe-backed security laws, but conservative members may balk
The leadership of Kibo no To (Party of Hope) on Friday proposed to rank-and-file members that the opposition party strongly criticize the controversial 2015 security laws pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a senior member and media reports said.
May 16, 2017
Fast-tracking the 'conspiracy crime' bill
The government's claim that 'ordinary people' will not be targeted by the conspiracy crime legislation is unconvincing.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2017
Harsher penalty for rape, sweeping revisions in bill approved by Cabinet
The Cabinet approved a sweeping bill Tuesday that would impose harsher penalties for rape and other sex offenses, including the recognition of male rape victims for the first time.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2017
Nippon Ishin no Kai bill targets gambling woes in bid to move casino policies forward
The opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai is proposing new legislation to deal with problem gamblers, hoping to speed up the debate after a bill legalizing casinos in Japan was rammed through the Diet in December.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2017
Even without casinos, pachinko-related gambling accounts for 4% of Japan's GDP
Even before Shinzo Abe's government opened the door to casinos in Japan, the nation's gamblers wagered ¥23.3 trillion on pachinko and related slot machines in 2015.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2017
Examining a year in the life of the country's Diet
When not trying to get elected, Japan's 700-plus Diet members (475 in the House of Representatives, 242 in the House of Councilors) conduct the weighty business of the nation. With the 193rd session of the national legislature under the current Constitution scheduled to commence on Jan. 20, let's look...
Dec 26, 2016
Law legalizing casino gambling in Japan takes effect
A law allowing casino gambling took effect Monday, prompting the government to promote the creation of "integrated resorts" that include hotels and other entertainment facilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 23, 2016
Diet group working to secure child visitation rights for divorced couples
It took 3½ years for a 41-year-old mother to be able to meet her 7-year-old daughter on a regular basis after her husband left home with the girl in 2012.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2016
Media shown SDF drills simulating protection of Japanese citizens abroad
The Self-Defense Forces on Thursday partially opened to the media for the first time ongoing exercises aimed at being ready to protect Japanese citizens overseas.
Dec 2, 2016
Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry
The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000).
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2016
SDF personnel, U.S. military carry out first joint exercise reflecting new security law
Personnel from Japan and the United States begin rescue exercises near a small island off the east coast of Okinawa Island.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 20, 2016
A year after passing historic legislation, Japan explores new roles for its troops
A year after Japan enacted legislation that lets it play a more muscular role in global security, the Self-Defense Forces are now in training for potential new missions.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 26, 2016
Controversial conspiracy bill that critics say could be used to stifle dissent to go before Diet next month
A government-backed bill is slated to go before the Diet in September, potentially revising the definition of who can be arrested for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2016
Jul 6, 2016
A ruling bloc win in Sunday's poll puts Constitution in crosshairs
Keiko Hirai was surprised to see a letter addressed to her and her husband from the Self-Defense Forces, urging their 15-year-old son to enroll in a special high school run by the Ground Self-Defense Force after graduating from junior high.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 9, 2016
800 Osaka, Nagasaki residents sue over security laws
More than 800 people, including atomic bomb survivors, launched legal action against the government this week over controversial security laws they believe threaten their right to live in peace.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 20, 2016
Cancer no longer a death sentence, although some Japanese firms treat it that way
Cancer is usually considered a death sentence, but a bill has been drafted to increase support for patients who want to continue working during treatment.


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