A recent NHK documentary about the new lay judge system cited a survey that found many citizens were learning about trials by watching movies and TV dramas. To that end, TBS’s ongoing drama series “Hotei Suspense” (“Trial Suspense”) should be popular.

As pointed out in last week’s Channel Surf, the series’ usefulness in terms of what people can learn about the law is not clear. This week’s story focuses on veteran Judge Kamiya (Hideki Takahashi), who is famous for his harsh sentences.

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