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Monday, August 28, 2006

MOJ's Plan to Beef up Legal Staff

On August 27, 2006, Yomiuri Shimbun posted an article that the Ministry of Justice is considering to beef up legal staff handling lawsuits against the state.

According to the report, the Government was sued in 8,424 cases in 2004, and this plan appears to be aimed at handling "high-profile" policy cases.

Regarding the cases in which the JPO's Commissioner is a defendant, the appeals against JPO Boards' decisions totals 589 in FY 2005. But it doesn't seem to affect these cases at IP High Court, since they are dealt with exclusively by JPO Board members.

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