Nearly 88 Pct of Japan Police Interrogations Fully Taped in FY 2018

Society

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese police fully taped 87.6 pct of their interrogations in criminal cases subject to lay judge trials in fiscal 2018, a National Police Agency survey showed on Thursday.

The police across the country, on a trial basis, started full audio and video recording of interrogations in October 2016, ahead of the revised Code of Criminal Procedure going into effect on June 1 to oblige them in principle to tape full questioning sessions for criminal suspects to be tried under the lay judge system.

"As interrogators are increasingly getting used to being taped, we wouldn't be confused much (by the implementation of the law)," an NPA official said.

According to the agency, there were 3,266 criminal cases subject to lay judge trials in the year that ended in March. Of the total, interrogations were fully recorded in 2,860 cases while questioning sessions were partially or not taped at all in 406 cases.

As reasons for non-recording, problems with devices including their shortages were cited in 56 cases, suspects' refusal to be taped in 117 cases, and involvement of members of designated gang groups in 140 cases. The revised code exceptionally allows non-recording for those reasons.

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