March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
March 29, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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 ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday accepted a lawsuit filed by 37 plaintiffs seeking compensation from two Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Materials and Nippon Coke and Engineering, for forced labor during World War II. The suit alleges that the plaintiffs and their relatives ...[read more]
December 7, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Japan's parliament on Friday passed a controversial secrecy law amid widespread protests. The law, which has drawn protests at every step of the approval process, targets public officials who leak information to the public. Those convicted under the law could face up to 10 years in prison. US ...[read more]
December 7, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. ...[read more]
November 22, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
Thousands of people protested Thursday in Tokyo against proposed legislation that would significantly broaden the definition of "official secrets." The law is expected to pass both houses of parliament when it comes to a vote next week. The law also imposes prison time for up to 10 years for ...[read more]
October 7, 2013
by Addison Morris
Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were ...[read more]
September 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered Apple to pay 330 million yen, (USD $3.35 million) for patent infringement involving the iPod music player's click wheel controller. The patent is disputed by Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito, whose company applied for the patent in 1998. Presiding Judge ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in July 2012 that explored the rising international use of drones. A previous report issued by the GAO in 2004 specified that that 41 countries owned drones, with 32 attempting to develop new drone technology. By 2012, the GAO ...[read more]

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