Japanese law

Awareness campaign warns foreigners in Japan of “Divorce without Consent”

In Japan, you can be divorced without your consent, losing your right to reside in the country and access to your children.

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The surprising reasons why some hiragana aren’t allowed to be used on Japanese license plates

You’ll never see these four hiragana on license plates, but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect….

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Japanese government agency steps in to possibly regulate PokéCoin purchases

Japan’s Financial Services Agency opens an investigation into whether or not PokéCoins fall under jurisdiction of the country’s Payment Services Act.
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Magazine illegally publishes name and photo of underage ISIS-inspired killer: “[It] was justified.”

We’re fairly sure the majority of our readers remember the story the we published earlier this week about an apparently ISIS-inspired gang that killed schoolboy Ryota Uemura and threatened to upload the footage for all to see. Perhaps as you were reading that article you were wondering why there were no pictures of the high schoolers who were arrested for the brutal murder. Well, the reason is because according to Japanese law, it is illegal to release the names and photos of minors arrested for crimes.

But one Japanese magazine, Shukan Shincho, seemingly didn’t care about the law in this case as they published the real name and photographs of one of the boys arrested regardless, stating that doing so was “justified” on this occasion.

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Japan Gets Tough on Law-Evading Hallucinogenic Herbs

In recent years, the use of law-evading hallucinogenic herbs has been becoming more popular among young people in Japan. These herbs have properties similar to those of illegal drugs like cannabis, however due to their synthetic nature, many users fail to see the real dangers lurking behind them. As an initiative to prevent widespread misuse, the government produced a comprehensive list of chemicals that are banned in the sale and use of law-evading hallucinogenic herbs on March 22, 2013. The chemical substances on the list recently rose from 92 to 851. However many shops are selling a modified version of the banned herbs in attempt to evade the issues of legalities and keep profits alive. In this way, it is a cat and mouse game where once one chemical has been outlawed, a similar substance carrying slightly altered chemical properties is quick to make its way on to the market. While effects of inhaling these herbs are similar to hallucinogenic drugs, shopkeepers claim that they are solely for aromatic purposes. Of particular concern is that the number of online law-evading herb shops is also increasing.

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