Japanese criminal law texts, Apr 2007. Wikimedia Commons
By Colin P. A. Jones
The Japan Times-Dec 13
When Japan came out of its centuries of isolation in the latter half of the 19th century, legal system reform was a matter of some urgency. The Western countries that had forced the nation out of its shell did so through so-called “unequal treaties” that rendered their nationals immune from the jurisdiction of Japanese courts. Their reasons included a reluctance to subject their citizens to the strange and seemingly cruel or, if you prefer a more neutral term, “different,” manner in which the Confucian Samurai codes of the Edo Period dealt with offenders.
First published in: The Japan Times