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Resources: Government and Law

This page introduces open-access English-language resources that have been produced by the government of Japan and its legislative bodies, or are otherwise related to the Japanese government and legal system.

Asian Law Online Bibliographic Database

This bibliographic database of English-language material on Asian law is compiled by The University of Melbourne’s Asian Law Centre. The database contains over 2,000 entries related to Japan.

Asian Law Online Bibliographic Database

Courts in Japan

‘Courts in Japan’ is the name of the official website of the Supreme Court of Japan. The website includes English-language fact sheets on the judicial system in Japan, as well as the Judgements of the Supreme Court database, which is searchable in English.

Courts in Japan website

e-Stat: Portal Site for Official Statistics of Japan

e-Stat is an English-language access portal for official Japanese government statistics.

e-Stat website

Guide to Law Online: Japan

This page collates links to a variety of law-related materials produced by the Japanese government and other sources that are available in the public domain. Hosted by the US Library of Congress.

Guide to Law Online: Japan website

Japanese Law Translation

An initiative of Japan’s Ministry of Justice, this website provides English-language translations of Japanese legislation and allows bilingual keyword searches of Japanese legislation. The site also includes a searchable online Japanese/English dictionary of legal terms.

Japanese Law Translation website

Statistics Bureau of Japan

This site provides official government statistics related to Japan, including census data, consumer price index, labour force surveys and reports on internal migration in Japan.

Statistics Bureau of Japan

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