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Call to Eliminate Japan's 'Hostage Justice' System by Japanese Legal Professionals

Apr 10, 2019 - Targeted News Service

Human Rights Watch issued the following letter:

The long-term detention in the Carlos Ghosn case has triggered surprise and criticism overseas, leading to doubts about Japan's integrity as a democratic nation that guarantees human rights.

Japan's criminal justice practices have long been described as "hostage justice (hitojichi-shiho)". The Code of Criminal Procedure of Japan allows suspects to be detained up to 23 days before indictment. The authorities interpret the code to oblige ...