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Japan: New Lost Goods Law in Effect

(Jan. 2, 2008) An American university professor dropped mobile phones and wallets containing cash in Tokyo and New York. The return rate in Japan was higher. Because lost items have piled up at lost property centers and the cost of management of lost property is rising, the Diet passed a new Lost Goods Law (Law […]

Japan: Korean A-Bomb Survivors

(Dec. 2, 2007) Although Japan's A-Bomb Special Measures Law of 1968 did not clearly exclude A-bomb survivors who lived outside Japan from being recipients of health maintenance allowances, the Health Ministry notification of 1974 excluded them. Forty Koreans who returned to Korea after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima sued the Japanese government in Japan, […]

Japan; North Korea: Defectors Return to Japan

(Dec. 2, 2007) After Japan's defeat in the Second World War, Koreans who had entered Japan during the war, in many cases against their will, returned to the Korean peninsula. Those that remained in Japan immediately after 1945 could not return to South or North Korea during the Korean War (1950-53). From 1959 to 1984, […]

Japan: 10 Years Since Organ Transplant Law?s Effective Date

(Nov. 2, 2007) Under Japan's Law Concerning Organ Transplant (Law No.104 of 1997), the donation of organs is permitted from a dead or brain-dead donor. The criteria for establishing brain death are set by the Health Ministry Ordinance. Electroencephalography (brain wave) test results must be examined. There are other, additional strict regulations. Transplants are allowed […]

Japan: Children of Japanese Who Emigrated to Philippines before WWII

(Nov. 2, 2007) All Japanese people have records in the Family Register. Therefore, it is easy to prove that a person is Japanese by submitting an official copy of the Family Register. A few hundred Filipinos whose fathers were Japanese had a hard time to prove that because they could not find their fathers' records […]