Tag - us-supreme-court



Sep 28, 2013
Nothing is clear about court ruling on illegitimate kids
Evidently I was wrong.
Japan Times
Sep 5, 2013
End of unequal inheritance lauded
Legal experts said Wednesday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court that the Civil Code provision denying full inheritance rights to heirs born out of wedlock is unconstitutional was welcome but late in coming.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2013
Top court shoots down unequal inheritance rights
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court declares unconstitutional the Civil Code clause that denies full inheritance rights to heirs born out of wedlock.
Aug 21, 2013
Amendment 'needed' for shift on self-defense
It would be hard for the government to reinterpret the Constitution in order to drop its ban on collective self-defense without amending the war-renouncing charter, a new Supreme Court justice says.
Jul 7, 2013
Step toward equality under the law
The U.S. Supreme Court walked a fine line in ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. It washed its hands of the most polarizing point.
Jul 4, 2013
Top court firm: Condemned cultists to appear
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Tokyo prosecutors against a district court's decision to summon three condemned prisoners to testify in the trial of a former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, court officials said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 27, 2013
Top court rejects United Red Army member's appeal
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal filed by death-row inmate and former United Red Army member Hiroshi Sakaguchi of two lower court rulings that rejected his plea for a retrial.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 10, 2013
Lawsuit over 1945 Tokyo firebombing terminated by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit against the government that demanded an apology and damages over the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo, which claimed tens of thousands of lives in 1945, the top court said Thursday.
Apr 29, 2013
Miranda warning to suspects needs updating
Miranda warnings to suspects are part of U.S. culture, but today that culture includes technological threats that the Supreme Court of 1966 could not foresee.
Apr 27, 2013
Korematsu highlights danger of waiving constitutional rights
The 1944 U.S. Supreme Court affirmation of the wartime power to intern 'enemy' racial groups provides a sober reminder after the Boston bombings.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 17, 2013
Supreme Court recognizes woman as Minamata victim
The Supreme Court upholds a high court ruling that posthumously recognizes a woman as a victim of Minamata disease.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2013
Mad court rush could brake or bless Abe's vision
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet rush to diminish the Bank of Japan's bothersome independence, join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (sort of . . .), start pouring lovely, popular concrete before the summer House of Councilors elections and (sotto voce) maybe even amend the Constitution, something amazing is happening in courts around the country: They are making decisions with astonishing speed and potentially profound implications. The two things may not be unrelated.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 13, 2013
Top court backs rulings absolving drugmaker's Japan agent over deaths laid to Iressa
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld high court rulings that the Japanese unit of British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC bore no liability over fatal side effects caused by the lung cancer drug Iressa.
Apr 8, 2013
When Supreme silence is golden in America
As the recent U.S. Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage attest, silence plays a role in constitutional law just as it does in ordinary life.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2013
Government reveals contempt for constitution by ignoring it
Actor-emcee Kinya Aikawa has his own TV station on the Net, and because the only ads are for projects involving Aikawa and his equally famous wife, Midori Utsumi, he doesn't worry about making sponsors uncomfortable.
Apr 4, 2013
Supreme Court has been no friend of freedom
The mythology of a heroic Supreme Court makes Americans forget that, for the most part, they've secured their status as a free people outside the courts.
WORLD / Society
Mar 28, 2013
Effects of same-sex parenting debated
Amid the legal arguments at Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, there loomed a social science question: How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents?
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 25, 2013
Supreme Court reflects 'modern marriage'
There's a widow who was a pioneer of the "modern marriage," and one who never wed. Two who have been divorced.
Jul 12, 2008
Shimonoseki mass killer's death penalty stands
The Supreme Court turned down an appeal Friday by a 44-year-old man who had been sentenced to death for a vehicle and stabbing rampage in 1999 at a train station in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, that killed five people and left 10 others wounded.


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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