In a new opinion piece in The New York Times titled “The Carlos Ghosn Case Puts Japan’s Legal System on Trial,” Center for Japanese Legal Studies Executive Director Nobuhisa Ishizuka highlighted the differences between Japanese and Western legal systems and broke down Japan’s high conviction rate in criminal cases. Japan’s legal system has come under significant scrutiny for its handling of the imprisonment of former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn, who recently fled to Lebanon while awaiting trial.
“…When discussing the Ghosn case, the two sides of the Japanese reform debate talk past each other. For Western commentators, the Japanese system deserves as much scrutiny as the defendant’s guilt or innocence. For the Japanese, Mr. Ghosn’s conduct is itself the central issue, quite apart from his guilt or innocence,” Ishizuka wrote.
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Director Ishizuka also recently appeared in a program by the Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo regarding the Carlos Ghosn case.
Click here to watch the clip (in Portuguese).