Weekly Roundup #3
- Foreigners living in Japan illegally are apparently urging the authorities (I cannot begin to imagine what kind of influence they think they have) to grant them special permission to stay here. Perhaps this is a job for the brand-spanking new foreigner friendly law firm?
- It’s nice to see FOI (Freedom of Information) requests shedding some light on events. Kyodo reports that “[a]ccording to internal documents obtained through an information disclosure request, five of the seven judges who submitted a set of proposals in a Jan. 26 to 27 study meeting, hosted by the Supreme Court, on nuclear issues pointed out the need to examine the safety more thoroughly than before.” It would be interesting to see what the court system will do, if anything, about NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) safety. I’m currently working on an article about anti-NPP litigation so stay tuned!
- The Tokyo District Court has ruled that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s patents! I haven’t seen the judgment, but I understand that it was limited to a single patent re: the syncing of mobile devices to computers. Will update with more information once the judgment has been released.
- Fascinating article by SF Gate about consumer credit in Japan – “Yakuza-Lending Surge Feared as Fight to Ease Japan Law Looms”.
Categories: Monday Morning Mania