An Earlier Experience of Lay Involvement in Court Decisions in Japan: The Jury 1928–1943

  • Andrew Watson
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series


In 1867 the Shogunate feudal system of government, which had existed since 1603 when the Tokugawa family effectively deprived the Emperor of all but ceremonial functions, collapsed. The main cause was the turmoil that had followed the arrival in 1853 of the United States Naval Delegation, Commodore Perry’s famous “black ships”, determined to open Japan to Western trade and influence (Beasley 1973). In this period, other powers, including Great Britain, were also intent on concluding advantageous trading agreements with Japan, which had been in self-imposed isolation for almost 230 years and had remained a largely agricultural nation, but with extensive urbanisation and a highly developed market economy.


Criminal Procedure Jury Trial Grand Jury Privy Council Seating Arrangement 
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  • Andrew Watson
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  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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