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date: 05 December 2019

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This article discusses the role of public prosecution in Japan’s exemplary record of crime prevention. It begins with an overview of the tripartite process of public prosecution in Japan involving the police, prosecutors, and judges who preside over formal court trials. It then examines the Japanese procuracy and its organization, along with the career paths of public prosecutors. It also highlights the independence of the procuracy from external influences, especially political intervention; public trust in the criminal justice system; and the commitment of judges, prosecutors, and police to truth seeking and obtaining confessions. Finally, the article explains the importance of persuading offenders to accept their accountability to victims in the process of offender correction and community reintegration without incarceration.

Keywords: public prosecution, Japan, crime prevention, police, court trials, procuracy, public prosecutors, criminal justice system, offender correction, community reintegration

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