By Paul Murphy
A middle-aged chippie beats his 91-year-old mom to dying and goes to paintings the following day--leaving his spouse to find the physique. A mobster blames the tension of a police crackdown for his drug habit. A white-collar worker is jailed and disgraced for owning a joint of marijuana. These humans percentage little in universal other than that, like ninety% of the defendants in Japan, they confess and express regret for his or her crimes. and prefer almost all defendants despite how they plea, they're stumbled on guilty.
The complicated online game among arrest, plea and sentencing is the topic of True Crime Japan. during this attention-grabbing e-book, journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy presents a different examine jap society via a yr of legal complaints within the courts of Matsumoto City.
Through interviews with defendants, households, acquaintances and lawyers--Murphy explores not only the explanations for the crimes but additionally Japan's strange felony justice method. In a shame-based conformist tradition the place undeniable talking is discouraged, court cross-examinations
are strangely blunt and supply deep insights right into a society where private lives are hardly ever ever printed.
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Character witnesses, especially if they are family, are usually not there to paint a pleasing portrait of the defendant. In fact, family witnesses often take the opportunity to criticize him (defendants are usually male), telling the judge of the shame that has been brought on the family, and, in the case of recidivists, how they have been a constant burden. Sometimes the testimony is tearful, sometimes stonily bitter. Rarely does a family member on the witness stand draw attention to an attractive feature of the defendant’s character.
That landed him a prison sentence. This was his fourth offense, and another spell in jail was a near certainty. In a country where people generally age well, Mr. Matsumoto’s slouched shoulders, bushy gray eyebrows, balding head, and dowdy tracksuit made him look older than he was. While defendants in Japanese courts typically appear anxious or keep their heads bowed and eyes closed in shame or contemplation, Mr. Matsumoto stared ahead, expressionless. He was before the court because he had stolen weed killer, as well as something that few under-60s would have any use for—blank cassette tapes.
Another reason for not asking his wife to get a job was that he would then have had to explain just how desperate their financial situation had become. His wife had no idea of the financial peril the family was in, or that they were on the verge of losing her beloved house. It was only during police questioning that she first learned her husband had lost his job and now worked at a hotel. ” her lawyer asked her. “Almost none. When he left the house to go to work, I’d tell him to do his work well, and he’d say that he would.