Washington Law Review


In the past, reforms in Japanese criminal procedure would have been of little interest to most Americans, who have never felt it important to understand foreign legal systems. Fortunately, this attitude is beginning to change. Moreover, the United States has been officially committed to encourage a desire for individual liberties and democratic processes on the part of the Japanese people since the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945. Consequently, Americans will be interested in the postwar reforms in Japanese criminal procedure, if only to be fully informed of progress toward fulfillment of the objectives of the Allied Occupation, in which the United States has played the leading role.

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