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Japanese Courts Use Manga To Promote New Judicial System

posted on 2006-03-04 18:03 EST
The Daily Yomiuri has an article on how the Japanese courts are using manga to promote an upcoming change to the Japanese judicial system.

Starting in 2009, regular Japanese citizens will sit as "lay judges" alongside professional judges to try criminal cases.

The Supreme Court has teamed with Kenshi Hirokane, creator of "Jōmu Shima Kōsaku" (Managing Director Kosaku Shima), which runs in Shukan Morning weekly magazine, published by Kodansha, to promote educate the public about the new system.

Two of the February installments of the manga dealt with an employee at Shima's company who was selected to sit as a lay judge

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