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Information and news on Japanese law, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and crimes and punishments in Japan.

Possible Megumi Yokota Sighting

The Japanese government is trying to verify information reported by a South Korean weekly magazine that a woman believed to be abductee Megumi Yokota was living in Pyongyang as recently as 2005. Keep Reading

Cunning Linguistics and the Japanese Constitution

In response to an article in the Japan Times and as a follow-up to my post and discussion on Japan's remilitarization, the information below is presented to further discuss or argue over Japan’s right to collective self-defense. Keep Reading

Parental Kidnapping Treaty in Effect for Japan

Via the Stars & Stripes – Pacific: A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping takes effect Tuesday in Japan after years of pressure from the international community. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — which was first ratified in 1980 — requires a parent who flees with a child… Keep Reading

Japan Signs Hague Convention: Will it Stop International Child Abduction?

FINALLY! Japan has taken steps to address what has become more than a “gaijin” problem. By the way, in Japan: “The Civil Code awards custody over children to only one parent, invariably to the mother, after divorce. This often means parents who do not win custody can no longer see their children when custodial partners refuse.”… Keep Reading

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