The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan by David T. Johnson

By David T. Johnson

felony lawsuits during which humans can lose existence, liberty, or acceptance let us know very much concerning the personality of any society. In Japan, it truly is prosecutors who wield the best regulate over those values and who as a result display so much basically the nature of the japanese manner of justice. during this publication, David T. Johnson portrays eastern prosecutors at paintings; the social, political, and felony contexts that allow and constrain their activities; and the content material of the justice thereby brought. Johnson is the 1st researcher, jap or international, to realize entry to the frontline prosecutors who cost situations and the behind the curtain prosecutors who deal with and direct them. He indicates that prosecutors in Japan often harmonize to imperlatives of justice that american citizens usually regard as irreconcilable: the necessity to individualize instances alike. despite the fact that, their means to right offenders and to acquire contrite, entire confessions from felony suspects. Johnson argues that this severe reliance on confessions sometimes results in severe efforts to extract them. certainly, a lot of the main traumatic prosecutor habit springs without delay or not directly from the system's inordinate dependence on admissions of guilt. the foremost achievements of jap felony justice are therefore inextricably intertwined with its such a lot remarkable defects, and efforts to mend the defects threaten to undermine the accomplishments. essentially written and elegantly argued, this comparative research can be of curiosity to scholars of Japan, criminology, and legislations and society. It illuminates unexplored nation-states in Japan's legal justice approach whereas tough readers to check their assumptions approximately how crime can be prosecuted of their personal structures of legal justice.

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