Japan: Kayano Et Al. V. Hokkaido Expropriation Committee

  title={Japan: Kayano Et Al. V. Hokkaido Expropriation Committee},
  author={Mark A. Levin},
  journal={International Legal Materials},
  pages={394 - 429}
  • M. Levin
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Law
  • International Legal Materials
On March 27, 1997, the Sapporo District Court declared illegal the Japanese government's expropriation of land for the construction of a large-scale dam located in the Nibutani River valley in the eastern portion of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. In its ruling, the court recognized rights of Hokkaido's indigenous Ainu people arising under both the Constitution of Japan and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Much of the court's ruling emerged sua sponte, and went far… 

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