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Japan court blocks restart of two nuclear reactors
April 14, 2015
The Fukui District Court issued an injunction on Tuesday halting the restart of two nuclear reactors is Takahama, Japan. These reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power, met the basic safety guidelines set by Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) and were scheduled to re-open this year. However....... [more]

Tokyo district recognizes same-sex partnerships
March 31, 2015
A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward, will become effective April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hos....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns journalist killings
February 2, 2015
The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on Monday condemned the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, which....... [more]

International brief ~ Japan to put armed police on planes - Correction - Tue Jan 6 12:17:47 2015
January 6, 2015
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan....... [more]

Japan prime minister dissolves parliament before election
November 23, 2014
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an increa....... [more]

Japan Supreme Court backs woman demoted for pregnancy
October 23, 2014
The Supreme Court of Japan on Thursday ordered a retrial on a woman's claims that she was demoted due to her pregnancy. A physiotherapist asked her employer for a less strenuous job position for the duration of her pregnancy. However, after she had the baby and returned to work, the physiotherapist....... [more]

Japan defies IWC limits on scientific whaling
September 18, 2014
In defiance of an International Whaling Commission non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific whalin....... [more]

Japan court finds Fukushima power plant operator liable for woman's suicide
August 26, 2014
The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged home in Yamaki....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]

ICJ: Japan must halt whaling program
March 31, 2014
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which hope....... [more]

UN rights body calls for justice in North Korea
March 29, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution urging the UN Security Council to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deepconcernat the systematic, widespread and gross human rig....... [more]




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