Japan's new Jury System, not liked by the people!
Japans Government has forced the implementation of a new Jury system in spite of popular opposition and lack of public consultation. This is just the latest in a serry of undemocratic moves by Japans minority Government, trying to fulfil "the US wish list" slowly making a farce of this country democratic system.
The Jury system is only the latest of a serry of pressures from the US into which Japans Minority government is giving in.
Next on the list would be the change of the Constitutions article 9 wish states that Japan will not use nor arm any ABC weapons and that its own Armed forces are only operation for the sole purpose of the self defence of Japan.
The US want those changes for some time now and even though one would think that now with Obama as President of the US this sort of pressure would dissipate, however the opposite seems to be the case.
The Opposition of course condemns these undemocratic and arbitrary decisions and the introduction of the Jury system does not go over to well, here in Japan.
May that be with the Lawyers, the Judges, the Police, the Politicians of the opposition or the people them self, no one seems to like this new jury system nor do most want it. Nevertheless, it is here now and to be implemented in spite of all the opposition to this Judicial change. That this is even possible is by it self, is baffling and a worrisome indicator of a falling democracy.
I talked to some experts in the matter such as Saito San, a now Semi retired Law Professor and close friend. His concern is not only the way this is coming about, more so that there is no reason to implement this, since Japans Justice system is one of the most efficient and best functioning in the industrialised world.
Leaving Japan with the lowest Crime rate of all Industrialised countries. The US on the other hand with its Jury system has the highest Crime rate of all Industrialized countries with the highest repeating offender rate as well.
This may very well be the end of Japans low crime rate record; at least this is what many fear. Further, the Jury system does not fit the Japanese culture or its traditions and may prove to be more of an erosion of Justice then and improvement.
At our Community meeting here in Narita this week, the issue was raised and the opinion of several experts in the mater was solicited, all seemed to be against this new move by the government and none had any thing positive to say, nor was any one pleased in the audience with what they heard. However, this is Japan and we will most likely not see any one taking to the streets nor petitioning the Government other then in interviews and opinion. Most say they wont vote for this government again and Prime Minister Aso his rating is now at 8% approval, the lowest rating known in Japanese Politics for a Prime Minister so far.
When will the election be? Moreover, will there be a chance to reverse all this? That in it self seems to be another dilemma since elections should technically have been called some time ago, since this Government is a Minority Government and because the opposition does no longer co-operate with the Prime Ministers Government what so ever. Still, Taro Aso remains wage on the subject and any once guess may be right at this point. There for this farce may go on for some time still. Would this have been France, the people would have dragged their government out of the parliament by now, tared and feathered them. However this is Japan and one should admire their discipline and kindness. If only it was not so sad and that this kindness was taken advantage of by this governing Prime Minister.