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A Militarized Japan? The Quest to Revise Article 9 of Japan's Constitution

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 18, 2019 • Tagged with justice, crime, law, constitution

Will Japan move from maintaining a pure self-defense force to creating an army that can go on the offense?


99.9%: Is Japan's High Conviction Rate a Product of "Hostage Justice"?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  January 17, 2019 • Tagged with justice, crime, law

The prolonged detention of Carlos Ghosn has led to scrutiny of Japan's 99.9% conviction rate - and the tactics used to maintain it.

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Why Do Adult Adoptions Abound in Japan's Business World?

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 26, 2018 • Tagged with adoption, law, business, money, marriage, family

Why are almost 98% of adoptions in Japan of grown men? Alyssa Pearl Fusek looks at the interesting history behind adult adoption.