Gender and sexuality, Japan

Japanese Supreme Court considers what’s in a woman’s name


The recent decision by Japan’s Supreme Court to uphold a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname comes as no surprise, writes STACEY STEELE. On 16 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan found that a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional. Nearly 96 per cent […]

South Asia Studies

Japan and Australia eye bilateral relations through TPP prism


As signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia and Japan are treading familiar ground, writes STACEY STEELE. Like many other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published on 5 November 2015, Australia and Japan already have a bilateral trade treaty—the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Signed on 8 July 2014, JAEPA only came into force on […]


Winter Olympics site becomes battleground for IOC ideals

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What can the International Olympic Committee do when a host city refuses to heed its advice? HAYDEN OPIE, STACEY STEELE and SARAH YANG team up with Korean lawyer JI HOON PARK to analyse the controversy over a site for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With the XXIII Olympic Winter Games scheduled to […]


Protest, voting and having a say: is the sleepy Japanese student waking up?

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The lowering of Japan’s voting age, coupled with Shinzo Abe’s controversial reform agenda, may see a stirring among Japanese students.