Tips for "Law Search"

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  • About the Translations
    All of the translations contained in the Japanese Law Translation Database System are unofficial. Only the original Japanese texts of the laws and regulations have legal effect, and the translations are to be used solely as reference materials to aid in the understanding of Japanese laws and regulations. The government of Japan is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the legislative material provided in this website, or for any consequence resulting from use of the information in this website. For all purposes of interpreting and applying law to any legal issue or dispute, users should consult the original Japanese texts published in the Official Gazette.
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About "Law Search"
- The Law Search function allows you to search for the texts of laws in the following ways. The results produced by the search can also be further refined.
  * Search by legal terms (keywords) appearing in the laws
  * Search by law title
  * Search by law number
  * Search by field of law
  * Search by organization in charge of translating the law
- Clicking the title of a law in the list of search results displays the text of that law

Laws in the Database
- The database includes untranslated laws whose titles alone have been translated and laws that have been repealed; these are marked in the list of search results as follows:
: Untranslated laws whose titles alone have been translated
: Laws that have been repealed
- The "Amendment" and "Dictionary Ver." headings that appear in the upper part of the screen above the body of the law give the following:
"Amendment": shows which amendment the text of the law displayed here reflects; this is not necessarily the most recent amendment to the law in question.
"Dictionary Ver.": shows the version of the Standard Legal Terms Dictionary on which the translation of the law was based.
- Any law in the database that the title indicates to be a tentative translation has not yet been proofread or corrected by a native English speaker or legal translation expert.

Download
- You can download electronic versions of the laws in the database in various file formats from the text display screen.

Operating environment
- The supported browsers are as follows:
  * InternetExplorer 5.5 SP2 or later
  * Netscape 7.0 or later
  * Safari 2.0 or later