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Is Carlos Ghosn a ‘hostage’ of Japan’s judicial system?

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22.12.2018

Former Lower House legislator Muneo Suzuki was arrested by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office in 2002.

Recalling the sweltering summer heat he endured in his solitary cell, Suzuki wrote of the duress he felt: "It was as if the prosecutors were telling me, 'If you apologize tearfully and beg for forgiveness, we'll let you out of here. If not, you can just keep sweating.'"

The expression "hitojichi shiho," which may translate as "hostage-based justice system," has remained in use for years to describe Japan's criminal justice system.

It means detention periods can be short for individuals who admit their guilt, but those who don't are liable........

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