Editorials Feb 27, 2017

Long reach of 'conspiracy crime' bill

Government legislation that would penalize the acts of plotting and preparing for crimes without carrying them out could impact the human rights of citizens through increased surveillance activities.

Editorials Feb 2, 2017

Penalizing the plotting of crimes

The government should not dismiss concerns that penalizing the act of plotting and preparing for crimes would entail placing society under greater surveillance

Editorials Jul 1, 2014

Say no to plea bargaining

The biggest problem with plea bargaining, which a special legislative panel has recommended introducing into Japan's criminal investigative process, is the possibility that a suspect will make false confessions for a lesser punishment or wrongly implicate a person who has nothing to do with ...

National Jun 11, 2013

Group targets miscarriages of justice

by Tomohiro Osaki

Seven months after Nepalese Govinda Prasad Mainali was last year acquitted of a 1997 robbery-murder of a Tokyo woman, his supporters launched a new civic organization to call for eradication of wrongful convictions, which they claim are still rampant in the legal system. The new ...

Editorials Apr 10, 2013

Loosen the lay judge gag

It is disappointing that a Justice Ministry review panel so far doesn't give strong support to the idea of loosening the gag order imposed on lay judges.