Launch and Then Solid Progress
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The Prime Minister at the time, Mr Taro Aso, harboured no doubts, at least in public, about the wisdom of change. On the day of its launch, 21 May 2009, he called the new system a “pillar of judicial reform” and said that it would “add a new page in the history of our judiciary”. His prepared statement continued: “It is expected that court procedures will become faster and comprehensible through public participation and through the introduction of their viewpoints and sentiments. I hope people in Japan will understand the significance of the lay judge system”.
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