Rights group slams Japan’s ‘hostage’ justice system

Japan’s Justice Ministry has commissioned research into criminal code reforms after allegations of rights abuses, but Human Rights Watch thinks this effort is unlikely to produce positive recommendations. – EPA pic, May 25, 2023.

JAPAN’s justice system “systematically” violates suspects’ rights by routinely denying bail and extending detentions through re-arrests, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged today. 

A report compiled over three years by the civil society group took aim at the country’s “hostage justice” system – a term widely used after former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s shock arrest and escape from Japan sparked scrutiny of the process.

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