NEW YORK — My U.S.-Japanese business consultant friend John Gillespie dropped by and, upon hearing that my wife Nancy had been summoned to jury duty, said Japan should introduce a similar system.

At the time, the Lewis “Scooter” Libby case — about whether the former chief of staff of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney had lied about his role in revealing the identity of a CIA officer — was being deliberated by a jury. My immediate reaction to Gillespie’s suggestion was skeptical. Let me explain.

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