The Closed Shop
The article comments on legal procedures of Japan. In 1997 Japan’s Supreme Court handed down a startling decision after more than three decades of legal warfare over the Education Ministry’s censors. Japan has an independent judiciary in name only– one reason the country cannot, by any careful reckoning, be counted a working democracy. The man who took on the Education Ministry is named Saburo lenaga, historian and author. As historian and author, lenaga has tied the censors up in lawsuits since 1965.