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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]

China court accepts suit against Japanese firms for WWII forced labor
February 27, 2014
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 w....... [more]

Japan parliament passes controversial secrecy law
December 7, 2013
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 based....... [more]

Why China Doesn't Really Want the Senkaku Islands
December 7, 2013
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. Whet....... [more]

European Commission fines financial institutions for interest fixing
December 4, 2013
The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday fined eight international financial institutions ?1.7 billion for having engaged in illegal cartels. They were all involved in cartels relating to interest rate derivatives. Some participated in a cartel that was denominated in euro currency while some....... [more]

Thousands protest proposed Japan secrets law
November 22, 2013
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 informa....... [more]

Japan court fines anti-Korea activists for 'hate speech'
October 7, 2013
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 attended....... [more]


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