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Japan: 2016 Criminal Justice System Reform

Japan: 2016 Criminal Justice System Reform Author: Library Of Congress

Date Published: 2:37:22 PM Thursday, 9-July-2020

Japan made reforms to its criminal justice system in June 2016 by amending its Criminal Procedure Code and other laws. The reform that received the most discussion by Japan’s Judicial System Committee was the introduction of the mandatory video recording of interrogations. Another reform that was introduced was bargaining between the defendant and the prosecutor. New crimes were also added to the list of those in which suspects’ communications may be intercepted. In addition, the scope of evidence that must be disclosed in trials was expanded, and new measures to protect witnesses and victims were introduced.