September 2014

According to a Nikkei newspaper article dated September 3, 2014, the Supreme Court will establish “Business Court” which specializes in litigation relating to business such as “intellectual property” or “bankruptcy” by the end of 2021.
Business Court will be fully equipped with video and audio apparatus so that we can hold a television meeting with a remote court or oral arguments can be conducted by using teleconference system.

Personally, I do not think that the present court system has sufficiently exhibited the function of conflict resolution relating to business (especially in the point of“speed”), so I hope Business Court will satisfy the parties to the dispute of business and become a revolutionary court.


According to a Nikkei newspaper article dated August 19, 2014, a restaurant manager who lives in the Kanto Region has applied for a provisional disposition order to request Facebook, Inc. to disclose the identification information of a sender as the restaurant has been receiving slandering messages through Facebook, and Tokyo District Court decided to order the disclosure of the sender's identification information such as an IP address.

What would happen next then?
If the provisional disposition order becomes final and binding, the restaurant will be able to specify the sender who posted the slandering messages based on the disclosed information such as an IP address or log-in data and time through the provider. After that, the restaurant will demand consolation money from the sender. 

We have to be extremely careful when we write some comments or massages over the Internet. If we write slandering messages anonymously and take the matter carelessly, we might be tracked down and claimed for associated damages.