Japanese Society and Lay Participation in Criminal Justice

Social Attitudes, Trust, and Mass Media

Authors: Fujita, Masahiro

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  • 2019 Distinguished Book Award Honorable Mention awarded by the Asian Criminology Society
  • Winner of the JASL Book Prize for 2019 awarded by the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law
  • Reveals what the Japanese think about the newly introduced lay participation system
  • Introduces ideas about the relation between general trust and trust in the justice system, and whether the introduction of the system has had an impact on trust in the justice system
  • Shows how the Japanese mass media have portrayed the system and the chronological changes in their treatment of it
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About this book

This book describes the state of the lay participation system in criminal justice, saiban-in seido, in Japanese society. Starting with descriptions of the outlines of lay participation in the Japanese criminal justice system, the book deals with the questions of what the lay participants think about the system after their participation, how the general public evaluate the system, whether the introduction of lay participation has promoted trust in the justice system in Japan, and the foci of Japanese society’s interest in the lay participation system. To answer these questions, the author utilizes data obtained from social surveys of actual participants and of the general public. The book also explores the results of quantitative text analyses of newspaper articles. With those data, the author describes how Japanese society evaluates the implementation of the system and discusses whether the system promotes democratic values in Japan.

About the authors

Masahiro Fujita is Professor of Social Psychology, Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University. He received LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. in Law from the University of Tokyo and M.A. in Human System Sciences from Hokkaido University, both in Japan. He first specialized in Japanese criminal law, and then he proceeded to social psychology to integrate the viewpoints and methodology of jurisprudence and social psychology. He started to study the saiban-in system in 1999 when he was a master's course student at the time of the infancy of the system. He adopted the methods of experimental group decision making the study and social survey. While he was a Ph.D. student, he became an assistant professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. After he completed his Ph.D. thesis, he expanded his research in the field of personality, trust, and "language and law."  After he moved to Kansai University as an associate professor at the Faculty of Sociology, he became a visiting scholar of the Center for the Study of Law & Society at the University of California, Berkeley on his sabbatical. He is an active member of the Law and Society Association in the United States, Japanese Society for Law and Psychology, Japanese Psychological Association, The Japanese Association of Sociology of Law and other related academic societies. He had been a member of the board of trustee of JSLP for nine years. He has been a member of editorial board of the Japanese Journal of  Law and Psychology.

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Winner of the JASL Book Prize for 2019 awarded by the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Lay Participation to Criminal Justice System in Japan

    Pages 1-73

    Fujita, Masahiro

  • Social Attitudes towards Lay Participation System in Japan

    Pages 75-114

    Fujita, Masahiro

  • What’s in the Deliberations: Two Deliberation Experiments with Status Differences

    Pages 115-174

    Fujita, Masahiro

  • Lay Participation System and Trust in the Justice System

    Pages 175-218

    Fujita, Masahiro

  • Lay Participation System in the Society: Newspaper Text Analyses over the Evaluation of the System

    Pages 219-264

    Fujita, Masahiro

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Hardcover $199.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Society and Lay Participation in Criminal Justice
Book Subtitle
Social Attitudes, Trust, and Mass Media
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-0338-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-0338-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-0337-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-3816-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 282
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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