Blog Posts: Japan

The Hague Abduction Convention and Japan's nebulous family law

Japan's uniquely vague body of family law was a key reason why it didn't ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction until 2014, more than a decade after most other developed democracies. In a forthcoming ILJ article, Hofstra University law Prof. Barbara Stark argues that Japanese society's preference for sole maternal custody is likely to become clearer as its courts apply the Convention.

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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Thu. May 12, 2016 1:56 PM
Categories: Children's rights, Hague Convention, Japan

Kanpai! TPP could help Japanese craft brewers and U.S. grain growers

Japan's most widely available beers are clear, medium-bodied lagers, but its beer market is infamously opaque for craft brewers and importers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would probably open that market for a wider variety of brews, especially those that use imported wheat and barley.

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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Thu. February 18, 2016 2:05 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Japan, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

WTO Moves to Reel in Fishy Subsidies

A new, collaborative approach by the WTO's Ministerial Conference may help convince more of the organization's members to support a ban on subsidies that facilitate ecologically harmful overfishing.
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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Sun. February 14, 2016 12:50 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Japan, Natural resources, World Trade Organization

Japan: Safest Country or Lenient Criminal Law

A Japanese man, Hideyuki Noguchi, was charged with incapacitated rape of 39 women. The police confirmed 39 rapes, but Noguchi confessed there were 100 victims. However, there is no life in prison sentence in the Japanese legal system. Noguchi will at most have to serve 30 years in prison. The maximum sentencing guidelines applicable to Noguchi highlights a deficiency of the Japanese legal system.

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Posted by Madeleine M. Pfefferle (Maddi) on Mon. March 2, 2015 5:37 PM
Categories: Criminal Law, Japan

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