December 29, 2017

Can police in Japan make an arrest without a warrant?

In most cases, the police require a warrant in order to arrest someone.  To obtain a warrant the police, or public prosecutor, must present evidence to a judge who then will issue a warrant if convinced that there is probable cause to suspect that the target of the warrant has committed a crime.  The lengthy process of obtaining a warrant protects the public from baseless arrests but there are two main exceptions.  First, warrants need not be obtained for flagrant offenders who are caught in the commission of a crime or immediately thereafter.  Second, in cases of great urgency where […]
December 22, 2017

What can the Japan Legal Support Center help with?

The goals of the Japan Legal Support Center (JLSC) extend beyond providing legal support to financially disadvantaged individuals.  Another important goal of the JLSC is helping victims of crimes by providing support and acting as a referral agency to help victims and their families deal with the multitude of legal issues that they face.  The JLSC can provide information regarding the criminal justice system and the potential for recovery of damages.  If necessary, the JLSC can also refer crime victims to an attorney to help them with their case or potentially help the client by advancing legal fees if the […]
December 5, 2017

What is the Saiban-in system?

In 2004 the Japanese government passed a law to create a jury-like system for Japanese criminal trials.  In 2008 that legislation was put into force as the saiban-in system.
November 15, 2017

Does Japan maintain any double taxation treaties for inheritance?

Japan has only one estate tax treaty, signed with the United States in 1955.  The treaty is designed to prevent double taxation for inheritances that involve both US and Japanese inheritance tax law.