Daily News on Japanese Legislation toward Global Sharing of Japanese Legal Information

Gen Kawachi, Makoto Nakamura, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Tomohiro Ohno, Katsuhiko Toyama


Our purpose in this paper is to develop a system for the international sharing of Japanese legal information. We plan to promptly provide the Outlines of all the newly promulgated Japanese statutes in English, using machine translation. Structured documents in XML format made it possible to achieve various functions concerning machine translation, text search, and display style. We developed the Document Type Definition for the Outlines based on our investigation of their structure. We also developed a rule-based annotator for the Outlines, which adequately marked up 87.2% on the Outlines of Japanese acts.


Machine translation; XML annotation; Online access to law; Legal informatics


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