Administration of Justice

Ministry of Justice

A governmental organization that oversees the administration of justice. Consists of the Corrections Bureau, Rehabilitation Bureau, Criminal Affairs Bureau, and Research and Training Institute. Includes general information on each bureau as well as brief reports.

Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet

In Japanese.


Correction Bureau

This website provides brief information regarding Japanese correction services.

Crime Prevention

Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (UNAFEI)

In Japanese and English

United Nations Asia and Far East Institute

for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI)

A United Nations regional institute "promoting the sound development of criminal justice systems and mutual cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Region." UNAFEI serves as a training and research institute for criminal justice personnel. Information on training seminars and courses is available as well as full-text of newsletters and their Resource Material Series.

Law & the Courts

Courts in Japan

In Japanese and English

Guide to Law Online, Japan

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

Judicial Reform Council

In Japanese

Supreme Court of Japan

Provides an outline of the court system, a guide to court procedure, and prominent judgments of the Supreme Court in full-text.

Translations of Japanese Laws and Regulations

Provides pdf format downloads of translations of Japanese laws and regulations.

Police & Law Enforcement

National Police Agency

The National Police Agency (NPA) is the central coordinating body for the entire Japanese police system.  As such, it determines general standards and policies.  The website of the agency provides information on the structure and organization of NPA, as well as pdf files of various publications, including statistics on crime in Japan and the situation of juvenile delinquency in Japan.  The website is available in Japanese and English.

National Research Institute of Police Science

This central organization of police science in Japan presents general information on forensic science technology and crime prevention.

Research & Statistics

Japan Information Network-Statistics

Offers statistics on the police, criminal offenses, gangs, drugs, and traffic accidents.

Japan Urban Security Research Institute

Japanese only.

Statistics Bureau and Statistics Center

Get statistics on penal code crimes, special law crimes, and traffic violations. The Japanese Statistical Yearbook is available online with a section on justice and police.