30 Juni 2020

New Salt into an Open Wound

The entry ban imposed by the Japanese government on April 3 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has shed a new light on the somewhat “schizophrenic” situation that foreign nationals in Japan often find themselves in. While the Japanese government is slowly trying to open the labor market for foreign talent, launching internationalization campaigns at universities and building towards an international image surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games, the reality of foreign workers’ rights protection in Japan looks bleak in many respects. In fact, foreign residents in Japan still face social and legal discrimination of various kinds. Continue reading >>
13 Mai 2020

Japan’s Soft State of Emergency: Social Pressure Instead of Legal Penalty

People have been perplexed by the slow and soft approach of the Japanese government in their attempt to bring COVID-19 under control. The first case of COVID-19 in Japan was confirmed on 16 January 2020. On 30 January, the Japanese government set up the COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters. It published emergency countermeasures against COVID-19 on 13 February and presented Basic Policies for Coronavirus Disease Control on 25 February. However, none of these measures have introduced drastic measures such as border controls and/or curfews. Continue reading >>
17 November 2017

Japanische Unterhauswahl 2017: Gedanken über eine mögliche Verfassungsänderung

Die japanische Regierungspartei LDP unter Ministerpräsident Shinzo Abe hat seit der letzten Unterhauswahl eine verfassungsändernde Mehrheit. Die will sie nutzen, um in der anti-militaristischen Verfassung die Existenz der Selbstverteidigungskräfte zu verankern. Was steckt dahinter? Continue reading >>
15 März 2013

Rechtswissenschaft in Japan: Interessiert an uns, interessant für uns

Wer an einem Montagabend nach 18 Uhr in einem Geschäftshaus […] Continue reading >>
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