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It doesn't suit the Japanese temperament. I would not want my own 20-year-old daughter, for example, to have to examine disturbing photographic evidence from a rape-murder.

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Family relations consultant Hiromi Ikeuchi, opposing the lay jury system. She says acting as a judge will be a needless burden on people who are not trained or paid to deal with the stress. (Reuters)

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She says acting as a judge will be a needless burden on people who are not trained or paid to deal with the stress.

--A bigger burden is the Japanese justice system with its 99% conviction rates and all.

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have to examine disturbing photographic evidence from a rape-murder

Japanese commit these crimes so Japanese must examine and decide a punishment for these crimes. You can't be a child forever, depsite what your parents may have told you.

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WahWahWah, poor little babies. GROW UP JAPAN. Couldn`t agree more neverknow2. The pathetic little insulated people of Japan need to wake up and get a good strong dose of reality. Maybe a by-product of the lay jury system will include people actually exercising their democratic rights in this country and stop sitting on their collective backsides while unelected bureaucrats run this place into the ground.

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Oh, good call. The good old Ostrich theory, if they don't see it, it doesn't exist.

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So in other words, she is saying brutish, violent gaijin are better prepared to view such images without getting upset

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freedom and democracy are such a lot of effort, aren't they. sigh it must be so much easier in north korea

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Lady, your 20 year old would have already seen this stuff in real and definitely in vrtual reality, and she is just pretending. So why don't you just open your eyes and see reality.

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ridiculous and pathetic answer.. grow up!

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if wonder if, were his 20-year old daughter accused of a crime, he would still be happy to have her case decided by a bunch of old men. the whole point of a jury system is that you are judged by a group of your peers, not by high-and-mighty judges who have no understanding of the simple lives of normal people who have to struggle to get by

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More Japanese idiocy coming from the mouth of another so-called "expert, only Ms. Ikeuchi's field is divorce, Japan style. The most absurd part of her statement was omitted by JT. She concludes with: "If they want to open the legal system up to the public, they should just broadcast trials on television." Brilliant.

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"It doesn't suit the Japanese temperament. I would not want my own 20-year-old daughter, for example, to have to take any responsibility whatsoever for the society she lives in. I mean, yeah, we're a democracy and all, but that's really just something we tell our friends to get into all the good parties, right?"

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The positive she can't see is this will actually force Japanese to face the fact that their country is not being ravaged by foreigners and it's not the "safety country" they so love to brag about. Hopefully, with more and more citizens being forced to examine their own REAL society, they may start taking action of their own to make their country a safer place for all.

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