This month’s offering is a recording of a speech given in English last December at Sophia University, Tokyo. Their writeup:
Liberal Democracy and the Japanese Judiciary System
Is Japan’s Judiciary System Befitting a Modern Democracy?
Chris Pitts, AITEN (Amnesty International Tokyo English Network)
Mr. Pitts will be examining the general framework of the criminal investigation procedure in Japan and the trial process; how these structures fail to protect the rights of the accused; and the extent that these shortcomings have been criticized by Japanese Federation of Bar Associations & the UN Committee on Torture.
Arudou Debito 有道 出人 (NGO FRANCA)
The outspoken foreigners’ rights activist will then discuss the ways in which certain elements within a modern democratic judiciary system can work to undermine the civil liberties of the individuals within that democracy; and ask: Are there authoritarian elements within the Japanese judiciary system? And are they undermining the civil liberties of those living within Japanese society?
Sophia Political Society
Thursday, December 2, 2010
From 5:30-7:00 in Bldg 4 Rm 175
Q&A included, with questions from the floor from the Sea Shepherd (yes, that Sea Shepherd). One hour 40 minutes. No cuts. Enjoy.