Japanese Mental Health and Welfare Law
February 10, 2010 2:15 AM Subscribe
Where can I find English translations (or, heck, even a Japanese version) of Japanese laws relating to mental illness and patients' rights?
posted by Lirp to Law & Government (5 answers total)
I am an American with a Japanese friend who is currently in a mental institution in Japan. I have seen several references online [example
] to a 1987 "Mental Health Law" (later revised to "Mental Health and Welfare Law") which seems to guarantee for Japanese mental health patients the right to receive visitors, write letters, and place telephone calls. (The hospital in question is not allowing any of these methods of contact.)
I haven't been able to find the actual text of the law, which I would like to read in English. Is there an online database or publication library somewhere that I'm not finding? Does anyone have experience in this area?
Also, are there any fluent Japanese speakers willing to do some Japanese googling to find the original Japanese text of the law? My spoken Japanese is passable. I'm certainly over my head when it comes to the legal language, but just having the text of the law in Japanese would be a great start.
Any other help or information would be quite welcome.