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Type: Journal article
Title: Reflections on I just didn't do it, the lay judge system, and legal education in and out of Japan
Author: Anderson, K.
Citation: Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 2012; 7(1):1-21
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1932-0205
Statement of
Kent Anderson
Abstract: In 2007 the Academy Award winning director of Shall We Dance released his new film, a critique of the Japanese criminal justice system from a wrongful conviction perspective. In this article, I use the film as a vehicle to serve three disparate goals. First, I provide the first legal critique of the film, a genre of legal scholarship developing over the past 15 years. Second, I use the film to reflect on criminal justice reforms in Japan, in particular the introduction of the Lay Judge System (quasi-jury saiban-in seido) from 2009. Third, I critically ask whether use of film as a legal text assists or distracts from my primary pedagogical objectives in teaching comparative Japanese law. I conclude with a cautious recommendation of I Just Didn’t Do It as legal cinema, as a catalyst for reform of the Japanese criminal justice system and as an educational text.
Keywords: Comparative law; law and film; criminal justice; legal education; Japanese law
Description: Extent: 21 p.
Rights: © 2012 De Gruyter. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020127307
DOI: 10.1515/1932-0205.1422
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