Tag - us-supreme-court



JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Mar 2, 2016
Municipalities tie up with co-ops to watch over dementia patients
Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling siding with a family over a rail operator in a case where a dementia suffer was struck and killed by a train highlights the burdens faced by family caregivers and the need for society to offer them assistance, an expert on the mental illness has said.
Japan Times
Feb 29, 2016
'Landmark' ruling sent Japan's foreign residents back to welfare limbo
Widely misunderstood 2014 case reaffirmed the decades-old stopgap that means noncitizens can receive support but can't appeal if their application is rejected.
Feb 25, 2016
Supreme Court, Abe battle over judicial independence
The Supreme Court is locked in a war with the Abe administration over the independence of the judicial branch.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 24, 2016
Pachinko parlor arsonist loses appeal against death sentence
The nation's top court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of arson in which five people died.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2016
'Obstruction on steroids' as McConnell says Senate won't confirm any Obama pick for top court
The U.S. Senate will not confirm a Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama during his last year in office, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 20, 2016
Obama researches potential Supreme Court nominees
President Barack Obama will review briefing documents from his staff this weekend on potential Supreme Court nominees, the White House said on Friday, as a tough political fight looms with Senate Republicans over filling the pivotal vacancy.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 19, 2016
Japan's Justice Ministry proposes scrapping six-month ban on women remarrying following divorce
In a landmark policy shift, the ministry says it will seek the abolishment of a six-month ban on women remarrying after divorce.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 19, 2016
Obama may pitch 'consensus' Scalia successor in weeks; O'Connor tells GOP 'get on with it'
President Barack Obama cannot select the most liberal possible candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court and should seek a "consensus" pick who could attract Republican support, Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2016
How Scalia's death reshapes the 2016 election
The Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Antonin Scalia puts social issues at the heart of the U.S. presidential campaign.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 17, 2016
Top court-frozen Obama climate plan may get new legal life with Scalia's death
A vote to block the Obama administration's ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia's last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule's survival.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 12, 2016
Obama confident carbon pledge has 'legal footing' despite top court halt
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 10, 2016
Top court votes along ideological lines to halt Obama's legacy carbon pledge
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2016
What's in a surname? A court divorced from reality
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 requiring spouses to have the same surname, the...
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 2, 2016
Japanese Supreme Court hears its first case on dementia liability
The family of a 91-year-old man with dementia who was killed by a train after wandering onto railway tracks argued Tuesday before the Supreme Court that holding them liable for disrupting train services would essentially deny that healthy and disabled people can coexist in society.
Japan Times
Jan 10, 2016
A year in the life of Japan's Supreme Court
Grand rulings hogged the headlines in 2015 while the Petty Benches sweated the small stuff and big issues were kicked down the line.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2016
Different-names ruling leaves door open to possibility of same-sex marriages
While the Supreme Court ruling said there is nothing unconstitutional about compelling married couples to register under one name, they didn't expressly limit marriage to a man and a woman.
Japan Times
Jan 2, 2016
In Abe's Japan, a woman's place is on the margins
On Dec. 16, Japan's Supreme Court struck a blow for patriarchy by refusing to strike down the law requiring married couples to adopt one surname, a regulation that weighs disproportionately on women since in almost all cases they adopt their husband's family name. For career women, this requirement burdens...
Dec 28, 2015
Let's discuss the law on surnames
Plaintiffs contesting family laws that require spouses to choose a single surname expressed shock and anger at Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, saying it will force more women to suffer the misery of having to change their name upon marriage.
Dec 25, 2015
The scourge of conformism besetting Japanese society
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the law requiring married couples to use the same surname is rooted in a society that stifles those outside the norm.
Dec 21, 2015
Japan's married-name law isn't just about names
The Supreme Court's ruling on surnames raises a fascinating question: How much should a constitution reflect the distinctive values of a society and how much should it express universal rights?


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