The Japanese Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 62, 2019)

The latest Volume of the Japanese Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 62, 2019) has been released. The Volume dedicates one section to the introduction of the new legislation on international jurisdiction of Japanese courts in family matters. (For an introduction of the new rules relating to international jurisdiction in matter of divorce, see Yasuhiro Okuda, “New Rules of International Jurisdiction over Divorce in Japanese Courts”, Yearbook of Private International Law, Vol. 20 (2018/2019), pp. 61-72).

The Volume also contains an English translation of the new rules as well as English translation of some court decisions relating to public and private international law.

Relevant content include the following:


Aki Kitazawa, Introductory Note, p. 118

Yuko Nishitani, New International Civil Procedure Law of Japan in Status and Family Matters, p. 119

Yuko Nishitani, International Adjudicatory Jurisdiction in Matrimonial Matters in Japan, p. 151

Masako Murakami, International Jurisdiction of Child-Related Cases in Japan, p. 189

Takami Hayashi, International Jurisdiction in Case Related to Succession: New Rules in Japan, p. 209

Manabu Iwamoto, Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Decisions on Personal Status Litigation and Family Relations Cases, p. 226


Public International Law

Tokyo High Court, Judgment, December 14, 2017, p. 426

Compensation for War Injuries Individuals’ Right to Seek Compensation under Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions in 1977 Individuals’ Right to Seek Compensation under Customary International Law

Nagoya High Court, Judgment, April 11, 2018, p. 433

Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act Enforced Deportation Circumstances to Be Taken into Account De Facto Marriage with a Nikkei Nisei (Second Generation of Japanese Emigrant)

Tokyo District Court, Judgment, February 28, 2018, p. 440

Dispute over an Employment Contract Immunity from the Civil jurisdiction of Diplomatic Agent Article 31(1)(c) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

 Tokyo District Court, Judgment, March 20, 2018, p. 443

Application for Reconsideration of Refugee Status by Persons Who Have Already Left japan Definition of Refugees Burden of Proof- Situation in Syria

 Tokyo District Court, Judgment, July 5, 2018, p. 447

Tbe Cessation Clause Article 1-C(5) of the Refugee Convention Burden of Proof- Situation in Sri Lanka

Private International Law

Supreme Court (1st Petty Bench), Judgment, March 15, 2018, p. 452

International Child Abduction Habeas Corpus Relief

Tokyo High Court, Judgment, June 29, 2017, p. 455

Jurisdiction over the Claim Based on Non-performance of Carriage Contract Piercing the Corporate Veil

Tokyo High Court, Decision, June 30, 2017, p. 458

Order of Seizure Applicable Law of Statutory Lien 

Tokyo High Court, Decision, August 1, 2018, p. 462

Setting aside of Arbitral Award Procedural Public Policy

Tokyo District Court, Decision, June 12, 2018, p. 468

Applicable Law of the Claim Arising from a Tort of Defamation Disclosure of Identification Information of the Sender- Word of Mouth on the Website


National Legislation Act for the Partial Revision of the Personal Status Litigation Act, Etc. (Act No. 20 of April 25, 2018), p. 486

More information on the Yearbook (former Annual) and the content of its past volumes is available at http://www.ilajapan.org/jyil/.