This page covers Japan's national judicial system -- courts, law, lawyers, etc. -- and the national institutions responsible for domestic public safety.

The Judicial Section

Supreme Court of Japan. This well-designed website includes an overview of Japan's judicial system, summaries of civil and criminal trial procedures, and a list of Supreme Court Justices with photos and bios. The "Virtual Tour" of the Supreme Court building is somewhat less than intuitive to operate, but interesting once you get it working.
Ministry of Justice. This site provides a comprehensive list of English language documents on the Ministry's history and organization, employment foreign lawyers in Japan, civil and criminal legal procedures, the Public Prosecutors Office, immigration, and external organizations associated with the Ministry of Justice. As well as more general information about the activities of the Ministry.
Japan Federation of Bar Associations. A component of Nichibenren's international outreach program, this site provides links to on-line information about the history of Japan's legal profession, the Japanese legal system, and information on the sponsoring organization's activities. Although a bit dated, be sure to review the "JFBA Public Statements and Opinion Papers" link in the left-hand navigation bar.
Senrei. Maintained by Seattle attorney, John B. (Jody) Chafee, this site provides information on Japanese constitutional, civil, and commercial law cases, as well as links to other English language Japan law sites. The constitutional law section is especially useful.
World Legal Information Institute (WLII). The Japan page of the WLII site provides myriad links to law-related information about Japan on the web under 43 topics, easily searchable by keyword. Be sure to scroll down to see the links toward the bottom of the page, below the lists of topics.

The Police Section

The National Police Agency. English language information on this site is limited to a dozen or so links to English language reports on subjects as diverse as traffic accident reports and efforts to limit exploitation of children.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Far more comprehensive than the scant offerings of the National Police Agency, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department publishes a wide-ranging set of pages that describe the history, organization, and activities of their organization. The site is full of well selected full-size photographs. Information as mundane as instructions for acquisition of drivers licenses to comprehensive organizational charts and job descriptions are included.
Organization of the Japanese Police System. Description of the Japanese Police System on the website of the Institute for the Study of Japanese, at the State University of Maringa, Brazil. Rather than a website, this is one long page, indexed conveniently at the top. It offers nearly 4,000 words of explanation of the history, organization, and overall role of Japan's police system.
Taiho Shichauzo! Princeton University graduate student, Thomas Peng, has created a website inspired by the popular manga series, "Taiho Shichauzo! (You're Under Arrest!). The site provides considerable information about the structure and operation of Japan's urban police system.
The Japan Intelligence and Security Agencies page of GlobalSecurity.Org. The sponsoring organization was established in 2000 by former Federation of American Scientists staff member, John Pike, to reduce American reliance on nuclearn weapons and to reduce the need to resort to force. This page provides short descriptions of Japan's military and civilian intelligence and security agencies.