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June 16, 2009

New official site with Japanese laws and legal terms in English proving very popular

japa_flag.jpgThe Ministry of Justice's new site with English translations of Japanese laws and legal terms has proved to be a lot more popular than anticipated. The site currently has about 3,700 legal terms and about 180 laws. The plan is to put more and more laws on the site over the next couple of years.

The Japan Times has reported that 'the materials can be downloaded, or users can search the laws or legal terms by keywords or with other information, including numbers given to specific regulations, the area of law and the name of the ministry enforcing the law. The translated names of all existing laws and regulations have been compiled. Before April, a tentative government Web site that hosted the existing translations got 126,000 visits a month. In just a month and a half after its launch, the new Web site already had 626,000, said Tai Oya, an official at the Justice Ministry's Judicial System Department handling the project.'

Click here to see the site.

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