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In Japan, Saving Face Trumps Justice. Your odds of being found guilty: 99%

Japanese prosecutors routinely dump 50% of the cases they get, even after a suspect has endured 23 days in confinement, before a decision on made what to do. But once…

Meditations on long-form journalism, Japan, Bitcoin and Justice

When you write about Japan, you have to assume that many readers aren't following your story---or they may know little about the country and culture. . They may be coming…