The Journal of Japanese Studies



Democratization, 1919, and Lawyer Advocacy for a Japanese Jury

In 1919 the Japan Lawyers’ Association condemned public procurators as “officials run amok” in a widely circulated public report. A corruption investigation known to history as the Pig Box Incident brought “devil procurators” to the fore and stirred the voluntary association to action in the cause of establishing a jury system. In its campaign, the association’s leadership held out two hopes: juries would check the procurator’s power and connect the public with the courts. Observers hoped that juries would democratize Japan. In the events of 1919, a moment of world historical cynicism, none of these dreams was realized.

Volume 37, Number 2 (Summer 2011)
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