A mock jury case in a Japanese law court. Photo: Handout

Why are Japanese citizens refusing to show up for jury duty?

  • Almost 70 per cent of Japanese citizens called for jury duty refuse to serve
  • In Japan, these ‘lay judges’ also decide the sentence following a conviction
Topic |   Japan

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A mock jury case in a Japanese law court. Photo: Handout
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.