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Can people criticize the Imperial Family in Japan?

Yes The 1947 constitution abolished Lèse majesté in Japan.
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Is it legal to put a death row inmate in harm's way if their execution is near?

In the United States, execution methods must be authorized by law. The currently permitted execution methods vary from state to state. According to the death penalty information center, the methods ...
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Can people criticize the Imperial Family in Japan?

Yes. Japan has adopted Free Speech and other western liberal democratic institutions following the 1945 surrender to the United States and subsequent occupation, though it wasn't the first attempt ...
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Is it legal to put a death row inmate in harm's way if their execution is near?

Would this be legal for L to use prisoners to prove his theories about Kira? No (unless the prison gave informed consent to this risk, perhaps in exchange for some favor for his family). But, suppose ...
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Extradition without treaties?

So is it correct to assume here "extradition" is not used in its most technical sense? It sounds like rather than actual extradition, these cases are about illegal activities in Thailand and ...
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Is fulfilling the duties of a "second" in seppuku a crime in modern Japan?

A high profile example of modern seppuku was Yukio Mishima in 1970. His second failed to behead him and committed seppuku too, with both being beheaded by Hiroyasu Koga. A contemporary newspaper ...
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Can someone explain what Japanese law says about my medication?

Best thing to do is contact the Japanese Embassy in Canada; they can give you definitive, up to date advice, and possibly provide you with docs to take with you. Try Visa and Travel Information : ...
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Why is pachinko exempt from Japan's gambling laws?

I don't speak Japanese, but using Japan's "unofficially" translated Penal Code document, they do not specifically define Pachinko as being allowed or disallowed. And as you noted with Pachinko, as ...
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Which Country's Law Should a Citizen abide when Travelling abroad?which state law when travelling between States?

You are subject to the laws of the jurisdiction that you are in. However, some of the laws of the jurisdiction you reside in or are a citizen of have extra-territorial applicability, so you have to ...
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How far does Japanese censorship law go?

The relevant law, Article 175 of the Criminal Code, says A person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment ...
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Legality about recovering deceased relative online account

In the United Kingdom: A person has no authority to access an online account of a deceased relative, unless this has been agreed with the operator of the website (etc). If a Power of Attorney over the ...
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What buildings are people not allowed to take photographs of in Japan? (from public street, no humans in pic)

You can take pictures of any buildings if you are in a public place, and can freely use such photographs without consent of a owner or designer of that building. [Japan Copyright Act, art. 46] BTW,...
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Was the Haitorei ever repealed?

Japanese Wikipedia and Google Translate pointed me to the "Act on the Arrangement of Laws Related to the Cabinet and the Prime Minister's Office (Act No. 203 of 1954) No. 4." A Japanese ...
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What if a law creates a dangerous situation?

Not a full analysis, but a framework for thinking about it: Like the French Civil Code, the Japanese Civil Code only has a single provision on tort liability. Article 709 of the Civil Code states: &...
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Is it legal to put a death row inmate in harm's way if their execution is near?

Well, could a normal person consent to be a decoy? Put it this way. If they had walked up to any random person on the street and said "You have the right appearance for us to use as a decoy for ...
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Is it legal to put a death row inmate in harm's way if their execution is near?

All countries to have agreed to Human Rights would have such scenarios for disagreeable. You might say it "sucks", but human rights are not expendable and death row convicts still have the ...
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Legality about recovering deceased relative online account

In the US, it depends first on what the state law is, and second what platform policy is. There is a law, the Revised Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, enacted in most states. Here is a summary ...
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Non est factum for contracts signed in multiple languages

Remember a contract involves the "meeting of the minds"; the paperwork is only the documentation of that "meeting". While courts will generally confine themselves to the written document they are ...
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Master Service Agreement templates in Japanese?

Japanese Government (METI) has released model (sample) Master Service Agreements for IT industries. Yes, these are written in Japanese. For details, click the link below or google "情報システム・モデル取引・契約書"....
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Requiring salary information and medical history before job interview

Certainly in Australia it would be legal to ask; it would also be legal to discriminate on this basis (i.e. it is not discrimination on a protected basis). However, it would be culturally ...
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Which Country's Law Should a Citizen abide when Travelling abroad?which state law when travelling between States?

The general rule is that you are subject to the laws of the jurisdiction that you are in at the moment. When in Rome, obey Roman law. However, if you are 19 and have a contract signed while in the US, ...
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Carlos Ghosn and the Japanese judiciary system

Yes. Article 60 allows detention for 60 + 30 days where “there is probable cause to suspect that the accused may conceal or destroy evidence” which is a threshold which an imaginative investigator ...
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India/Japan: Validity of Indian Notarised Agreement in Japan

The agreement doesn't have to be notarized under either the law of India or the law of Japan (unless there are some highly unusual facts in this case not mentioned in the question). In this situation, ...
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Can I legally recreate public Japanese buildings in a 3D game?

First of all, thre does not seem to be any trademark issue here. You are not using the shapes or images of these buildings as a logo for the game, nor to promote the game, even if those images were ...
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Purchasing Electronic Books from Foreign Store

Copyright Books have copyright protection (virtually) worldwide but publishing is still done on a country by country basis. So, the author sells the copyright to their Japanese publisher who then ...
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Do genitals need to be censored even in non-pornographic works in Japan?

If the work is determined to have artistic merit, even if it might be considered by some as "obscene", it seems Japan will eventually find it's OK. So photos of classical sculptures/statues should be ...
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Copyright status of election posters in Japan

Assuming that this translation is correct, Article 10(viii) identifies photographic works as "works". Article 13 described works not covered (basically, legal documents of the government), and nothing ...
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What buildings are people not allowed to take photographs of in Japan? (from public street, no humans in pic)

At least, US military bases and affiliated facilities in Japan are illegal to photograph. Here's the Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty under Article VI Facilities and Areas and the Special ...

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