Deliberative Democracy and the Emerging Jury System in Japan: A Natural Combination or Two Ships Passing in the Night?

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In May, 2009 Japanese citizens, for the first time in over 60 years, will have right to help decide serious criminal cases by being a part of a petit quasi-jury, or Saiban-in Seido. This major reform will have many effects on Japan and Japanese government. One of its most interesting potential effects, however, will be to see, in light of deliberative democracy theory, what kind of effect, if any, will Japan’s new criminal jury system have on Japan’s democratic government?

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January 2009


Japan, Juries, Deliberative democracy