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There are cases where provisional leave cannot be granted due to security concerns. But the length of detention and conditions at detention facilities in Japan have been criticized internationally, and there needs to be improvement in regard to human rights.

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Hiroko Akizuki, professor of international law at Asia University. A growing number of detainees have been held half a year or longer at Japanese detention centers, and many are resorting to hunger strikes in a desperate attempt to escape limbo.

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"...criticized internationally"

But not nationally. The Japanese people generally believe that people accused of breaking the law should be made to suffer.

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In Japan, being accused of a crime is the same as being guilty of a crime. Otherwise you wouldn't be accused.

That's why most Japanese people don't care. Just go ask a regular Japanese person what they think about it, you'll be surprised.

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In Japan, being accused of a crime is the same as being guilty of a crime. Otherwise you wouldn't be accused.

Especially law enforcement Japan has wide discretion whether they will proceed or not with indictment.

Just go ask a regular Japanese person what they think about it, you'll be surprised.

Regular Japanese have no idea about coerced confession, long detention and rubber stamp.

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I met a Japanese guy who was detained for more than two years waiting trial even though he had confessed to stealing a car.

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Zichi: Were you in the cell next to him? :-)

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Zichi: Were you in the cell next to him? :-)

No, I met him in a bar.

I also knew a 14-year-old who got 7 years for stealing a car.

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Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is clear that permissinve lack of appropriate punishment has led to generations in the US of flagrant disregard for law and order and the death penalty has a crucial role as a deterent.

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