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Japan: Videotaping Questioning of Suspects

(Apr. 2, 2008) It has sometimes been argued in court proceedings that police officers or public prosecutors forced or led certain contents of written declarations of suspects. In Japan, police officers or public prosecutors draft written declarations of suspects while questioning them and suspects sign the declarations. To prove that a suspect voluntarily stated the […]

South Korea: Court Bans Executives from Switching to Rival Company for Certain Period

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Seoul Central District Court banned 13 former executives of Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company from working for the rival company, STX Heavy Industries Company, for from one to three years. Six of the executives were criminally charged with industrial espionage for divulging classified information they acquired from Doosan in November […]

South Korea: Legalizing Abortion to Be Considered

(Mar. 2, 2008) The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare drafted a new policy in late 2007 to seek more realistic measures to address the growing number of abortions in the country. These measures include changing the law that restricts abortions with criminal sanctions. The Ministry held a hearing on February 13, 2008. There […]

Japan: Victims to Receive Money Deposited by Criminals

(Mar. 2, 2008) New legislation, the Law Concerning the Distribution in Payments to Victims of Crime-Related Deposits in Financial Institutions, was promulgated in Japan on December 21, 2007. This Law facilitates financial institutions' freezing of accounts in which funds were deposited by victims because of fraud, deception, or coercion. Financial institutions can distribute the money […]

Japan: McDonald’s Manager Not Considered a Manager Under Labor Law

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 28, 2008, the Tokyo District Court ordered McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. to pay 7.55 million yen (US$70,000) in overtime allowance and "additional pay" to a manager at one of its outlets. The court said that a shop manager of a McDonald's in Saitama Prefecture does not qualify as a […]

South Korea: Plan to Reduce Ocean Dumping

(Mar. 2, 2008) South Korea dumped 2.02 million cubic meters of sewage from livestock farms, 1.71 million cubic meters of leftover food, and 1.61 million cubic meters of urban sewage into the ocean in 2007. Although South Korea ratified the 1972 Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter […]

Japan: Basic Information on Executed Criminals Now Available

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 7, 2007, the Ministry of Justice of Japan released the names of three executed criminals, together with information on the crimes they committed and the places of the executions. This is the first time the Ministry has released such information. In the past, the Ministry only announced that executions had […]

South Korea: Trans Fat Labeling

(Feb. 2, 2008) The amendment of the country's Food Sanitation Law made it possible for the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) to implement trans fat labeling regulations in September 2006. The KFDA announced revised food labeling standards that make it compulsory to show the amount of trans fats in processed food such as bread, […]

Jamaica: “Temporary” Tax Hike for 34 Years at Least

(Feb. 2, 2008) In 1974, at the time of the first "oil shock," Japan's Diet (parliament) passed a law to amend the Tax Special Measures Law (Law No. 26 of 1957, as amended by Law No. 17 of 1974). The amendment added an increased gasoline tax rate for two years. Since then, the term has […]

South Korea: First Asbestosis Compensation Case

(Jan. 2, 2008) The Daegu District Court ordered an asbestos cloth making company to pay 160 million won in compensation to the bereaved family of a former worker on December 4, 2007. This was the first court ruling in Korea for compensation for asbestosis. The court acknowledged the company's negligence in providing worker safety. The […]