Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Korean national barred from serving on arbitration panel

from The Asahi Shimbun:
Amid cries of discrimination, a Supreme Court policy has effectively barred non-Japanese from serving on arbitration committee members of lower courts.

Observers were surprised by the top court's policy that was disclosed recently because no legal revisions explicitly ban foreigners from such positions. However, the Supreme Court asked the Hyogo prefectural bar association to retract its nomination of Yang Young Ja, a South Korean lawyer. The court said only Japanese citizens should be allowed in positions where they exert direct authority over Japanese residents.


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