Tag - us-supreme-court



Jul 17, 2014
Supreme Court's dereliction of duty
By rejecting a citizens' request to have the government disclose secret documents that allegedly show Japan's financial obligations in the 1972 reversion of Okinawa from U.S. control, the Supreme Court has evaded its duty to protect people's right to know.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 17, 2014
Top court upholds paternity even if blood ties disproved by DNA test
Paternity can't be revoked by a DNA test alone, even if the results prove no biological relationship between father and child, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
May 21, 2014
Top court says lay judge system working well at five-year mark
Nearly 50,000 people have participated as principal or alternate lay judges in criminal trials under the system introduced five years ago, the Supreme Court said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 20, 2014
Japan Supreme Court upholds verdict in intelligence chief fraud case
The Supreme Court has upheld lower court decisions finding a former head of the Public Security Intelligence Agency, Shigetake Ogata, guilty of defrauding real estate and cash from Chongryon, the group of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 16, 2014
Chongryon files appeal with Supreme Court to block Tokyo HQ sale
The pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon filed an appeal Friday with the Supreme Court to block the sale of its headquarters building and land in Tokyo to a real estate company.
May 9, 2014
Supremes answer town's prayers
The upshot of the May 5 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold prayer before a town council meeting is that as long as no one is coerced, nonsectarian prayer is a political virtue but not a constitutional requirement.
May 5, 2014
Phones may not have the right to remain silent
The U.S. Supreme Court has just heard arguments over whether police should be allowed to search a person's smartphone without a warrant to find evidence relevant to the crime for which he or she is being arrested.
Mar 17, 2014
New burden for Minamata victims
The Environment Ministry appears to have relaxed conditions for the official recognition of Minamata disease victims, but the attached record-keeping requirements make it unlikely that many more people will receive financial relief.
Mar 17, 2014
Change at the top court's helm
It is hoped that incoming new chief Justice Itsuro Terada will stand firm in keeping the Supreme Court independent of political presssures as it considers controversial issues such as the disparity in vote value between legislative constituencies and whether Japan may exercise its right to collective self-defense.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2014
Wartime labor case brews in South Korea
Japanese officials may soon get a fresh diplomatic headache stemming from its colonialist past with South Korea as it struggles to cope with the sex slave denial issue, a territorial dispute and challenges to the naming of the Sea of Japan.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2014
Three cases, three paths to legitimacy for Supreme Court
When I began studying Japanese, one of my goals was to be able to read the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's version of The Wall Street Journal. Achieving that goal, however, meant realizing that it is possibly The Most Boring Newspaper on Earth.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2013
Top court rules transsexual husband as father of in vitro child
The Supreme Court has recognized a person with gender identity disorder who had a sex change to become a male as the legal father of a child born to his wife through in vitro fertilization using sperm provided by a third person.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 26, 2013
Death penalty to stand in 2005 Hyogo killings
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by a 47-year-old man who was sentenced to death for killing two women and dismembering their corpses in Hyogo Prefecture in 2005.
Nov 20, 2013
Top court balks at voiding 2012 poll
The Supreme Court declares that the 2012 Lower House general election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to the large disparity in vote value among constituencies, but declines to nullify its outcome.
Oct 30, 2013
Death row inmate deserves retrial
Japan's top court rejects a request for retrial from an 87-year-old man on death row — after taking its time doing so — despite chemical evidence that might clear the defendant.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 23, 2013
Top court voids acquittal of British drug smuggler
The Supreme Court has quashed an appeal by a British man convicted of smuggling stimulant drugs into Japan from the west African country of Benin in June 2010, letting stand a high court's overturning of his acquittal in a lay judge trial.
Oct 18, 2013
Bar, Amnesty slam denial of inmate's retrial over 1961 poison killings
Human rights groups attacked the Supreme Court's dismissal of an 87-year-old death-row inmate's petition for a retrial over the 1961 murders of five women who drank poisoned wine in Nabari, Mie Prefecture.
Oct 17, 2013
Death-row inmate's bid to reopen '61 murder case fails seventh time
The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a petition for a retrial by a man on death row for the 1961 murders of five women who drank poisoned wine in Nabari, Mie Prefecture.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 6, 2013
Ginsburg's tough decision: to stay or go?
Who dreamed up this bit of kismet? How did the stars align to make this spot of New Mexico desert the best place in the world on a late summer evening to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 4, 2013
Outing 'karoshi' companies prejudicial: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court rejects an appeal by a citizens' group that the state disclose the names of firms whose employees were confirmed to have died from overwork.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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