Friday, January 28, 2005

Public officials in Japan must be Japanese

Interesting. A recent Japanese Supreme Court decision.
The top court said, "Only Japanese are allowed, in principle, to serve as 'local officials who exercise public authority on the principle under which the sovereignty resides with the people,'" and the country's "legislation has not taken into account the appointment of foreign nationals" to such posts.

The decision was 13-2.

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