The Ministry of Justice published a ruling on August 2, 2013 to clarify the application of the amendment to Article 131 of the Administrative Procedure Act, which amendment, effective from May 24, 2013, extends the statute of limitations applicable to a citizen’s claim against the government based on public law to 10 year from 5 years:

  1. The citizen’s right to claim shall be extinguished if the claim arose on or before May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 included) and the statue of limitations had already expired on or before such date, because the amendment does not expliclity provide for retroactive application;
  2. if the citizen’s right to claim arose on or before May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 included) and the statue of limitations has not expired on or before such date, the amendment shall apply and the statute of limitations shall extend to 10 years, provided, however, that the period elapsed before May 23, 2013 shall be included when counting the 10-year period;
  3. the statute of limitations for a citizen’s claim which arises after May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013 included) shall be 10 years pursuant to the amendment.