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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…

If you love Japan, make it better. Our mission statement 2019

I love Japan and many Japanese people are hard-working, honest, and polite. That doesn't mean the society doesn't have problems, such as child poverty, gender inequality, discrimination against: the handicapped,…

Exclusive: Former Prosecutor Says, “If Ghosn is rearrested, NISSAN CEO should be arrested as well”

Given all of the above, if the prosecutors are to re-arrest Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly on the ground of a fake statement in the securities report for the last…

New Movie “The Trial” (審判)Shows The Kafkaesque Side Of Japan’s Often Criminally Unjust Justice System

On another level, "The Trial" shows up the very Kafka-esqueness of Japan's judicial system - the long, grueling process of scrutiny between arrest and indictment, and how, once indictment kicks…

Reposted: The high price of writing about anti-social forces–and those who pay. 猪狩先生を弔う日々

Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job…

It’s Not Easy Being a Yakuza Boss (Part 1)

These days the price of a standard civilian hit-job can run as high as $2 million. That’s not the price to get the job done―that’s the price if one of…