Tag - us-supreme-court



Dec 21, 2015
Supreme Court's surname ruling
The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the constitutionality of requiring a married couple to use the same surname included a call on the Diet to examine the issue — which lawmakers should follow.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2015
U.S. gender experts slam Supreme Court ruling backing same surname for spouses
U.S. gender equality experts on Wednesday criticized a ruling by Japan's Supreme Court upholding a law requiring spouses to use the same surname, describing the law as outdated.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2015
Experts say surname verdict reflects top court's gender, age makeup
Questions have been raised as to whether a better gender balance among the top court's 15 justices might have resulted in a different outcome.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 16, 2015
Plaintiffs express shock at bad precedent set by court's decision on shared 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 sets a bad precedent and will force more women to suffer the misery of having to change their name upon marriage.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 16, 2015
Japan's top court upholds same-name rule for married couples, overturns remarriage moratorium for women
The Supreme Court confirms the constitutionality of a controversial law requiring married couples to use the same surname in official matters.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 15, 2015
Spouses await court ruling on retaining maiden name in marriage
Tears welled up in Kaori Oguni's eyes as she recalled the heartache she felt at what was supposed to be one of the happiest moments of her life — that is, when she and her husband registered their marriage at a Tokyo ward office in 2006.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 10, 2015
U.S. justices clash over university affirmative action policies; Kennedy says ruling may elude
Members of the U.S. Supreme Court clashed over the value of university affirmative action policies, and pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy raised the prospect that the court might put off issuing a broad ruling.
Dec 4, 2015
The Supreme Court and the state of unconstitutionality
Do we want the Supreme Court to violate the Constitution by allowing illegally elected politicians to stay in office, or do we want something closer to real democracy?
Nov 27, 2015
Time to fix the vote-value disparity
Lawmakers have dallied long enough: Chastised again by the Supreme Court, it's time they got down to business and resolved the disparity in vote values between districts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 25, 2015
Supreme Court says December election 'in state of unconstitutionality,' but won't nullify results
The top court decides that the last Lower House election was borderline unconstitutional due to the high level of vote-value disparities among constituencies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2015
Hospital in Japan is ordered to pay damages over demotion due to pregnancy
The Hiroshima High Court orders a hospital to pay some ¥1.75 million in damages to a physical therapist who had been demoted after seeking a lighter workload due to pregnancy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 4, 2015
Supreme Court to examine marriage rules dubbed unfair, unconstitutional
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a case arguing that forcing married couples to choose one surname, and prohibiting women from remarrying for six months after a divorce, are unconstitutional.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2015
Japan’s Constitution won’t protect revolting foreigners
It's worth bearing in mind that the most prominent case concerning the constitutional rights of foreigners involved an American who got kicked out of the country for participating in antiwar protests.
Oct 7, 2015
Retrial system needs revamping
As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Sep 29, 2015
Pope's parting shot on gay marriage, Kentucky clerk's stand: Conscientious objection is a right
Pope Francis waited until his historic U.S. visit was over to make his most direct comments on the nation's debate over gay marriage, saying government officials should have the right to refrain from actions that violate their religious beliefs.
Sep 22, 2015
Justice for A-bomb victims overseas
The Supreme Court issues a much-welcomed decisive ruling that atomic-bomb victims living abroad deserve full medical coverage by the Japanese government.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 8, 2015
Supreme Court rules hibakusha overseas are entitled to full medical expenses
A landmark decision means thousands of atomic bomb survivors living outside of Japan will get full health coverage.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 4, 2015
Ex-Supreme Court chief justice raps Abe's security reforms
Former Supreme Court chief justice Shigeru Yamaguchi has described Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills as going against the country's pacifist Constitution.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2015
Should SEALDs student activists worry about not getting hired?
Japanese labor law effectively allows companies to discriminate against prospective employees based on their beliefs.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2015
Abe's security laws nothing like same-sex marriage
In every intensely fought political battle there are moments of incongruous absurdity, but in the current tumult facing embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it doesn't get more ludicrous or desperate than the parallel drawn between the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming same-sex marriage and the...


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