National / Politics Apr 8, 2016

Ruling coalition submits bill to curb hate speech

by Tomohiro Osaki

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition on Friday submitted a potentially game-changing bill to the Upper House aimed at eliminating hate speech. Although the legislation may herald a break from Japan's traditionally lukewarm attitude toward curbing racism and hate speech, it imposes no penalties on ...

Japan enacts tough new law to regulate drones

National / Crime & Legal Mar 17, 2016

Japan enacts tough new law to regulate drones

The Diet on Thursday enacted a law banning drones from flying over important facilities such as the Prime Minister's Office while giving police the power to destroy drones if necessary. The legislation is expected to take effect before a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group ...

World / Crime & Legal Jul 16, 2015

Transgender people win legal recognition in Ireland

Transgender people in Ireland have won legal recognition of their status through the passage of a law allowing them to change their legal gender with no medical or state intervention. The majority of countries in Europe require transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization, be ...

National Jan 16, 2015

Legislation eyed to enable probe of auto parts makers

The government is eyeing a law revision giving the transport ministry powerful authority over auto parts makers in the wake of the issue of defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., sources said Thursday. If realized, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and ...

Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights

World / Politics Dec 15, 2014

Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights

Several proposed new gun laws await the new Texas legislature when it opens next month, including one to allow open carrying of handguns in public and another providing a sales tax holiday for firearms purchases. The Republican-dominated legislature will become even more conservative due to ...

National Jun 14, 2014

Activists seek end to sexual violence

A citizens' group campaigning to end sexual violence will present draft legislation containing comprehensive countermeasures at a Tokyo symposium on Sunday. In the outline, the group of scholars and lawyers, who are seeking to create a law to ban sexual violence, calls for the establishment ...