Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Category: criminal justice

  • Japan’s Prosecutors Score a Big Win

    UN human rights committees and other international observers have called for major changes to Japan’s interrogation procedures for more than a decade, claiming that extended interrogations without the presence of counsel deny fundamental rights. The most commonly proposed remedy is complete recording of interrogations.

  • How do you say “ladies, gentlemen, and judges of the jury” in Japanese?

    For the first time in decades, as the Economist reports, Japan once again has a jury system (or, if you’re feeling saucy, a “saiban-in seido”), and it is puzzling in a variety of ways. The first puzzle has to do with its sheer existence.