Prime Minister Kan and the Japanese Government have set a precedent, in reference to the laws or acts that have been enacted. It it that neither they nor Japanese citizens actually have to follow them. By their total disregard of the Japanese Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, it can easily be argued that since they ” the government” did not have to follow the laws or act that had been established, why should the person that has been accused of not following a different law. Maybe the accused can use the fact that he/she was having a crisis, and if it was a good enough reason for the Prime Minister, his cabinet members, and the Japanese Government, then it should be good enough for him/her. There is nothing that has been enacted that should limit the type of crisis you can have, I think. So, for them to try to enforce laws on their citizens, maybe the accused citizen will get a really good attorney that will argue the case that if the Government does not feel the need to follow its own laws, they why should their client be subjected to a different standard.
It is another accomplishment that the Prime Minister Kan and his government have established. Let’s give him a big thumbs up on this one.
set a precedent
Establish a usage, tradition, or standard to be followed in the future. The word precedent signifies a previous instance or legal decision upon which future instances are based, a usage dating from the early 1400s. In law it more specifically refers to a legal decision that may be used as a standard in subsequent cases.