True Crime Japan

True Crime Japan A Middle Aged Carpenter Beats HisYear Old Mother To Death And Goes To Work The Following Day, Leaving The Body For His Wife To Find AnYear Old Woman Is Jailed ForMonths For Stealing Fried Chicken Like Nearly All Defendants In Japan, They Both Plead GuiltyWhat Happens Between Plea And Sentencing Is The Subject Of True Crime Japan In This Fascinating Crime Book Journalist And Longtime Japan Resident Paul Murphy Provides A Glimpse Of Japanese Society Through A Year S Worth Of Criminal Court Cases In Matsumoto, A CityMiles To The West Of Tokyo The Defendants In These Cases Range From Ruthless Mobsters To Average Citizens, Often Committing Similar Crimes In Rather Different Ways, And For Different Reasons Based On Court Hearings And Interviews With The Defendants, Their Families, Neighbors And Lawyers Murphy Explores Not Only The Motives Of Offenders But The Culture Of Crime And Punishment In JapanThe Resulting True Crime Book Provides A Lens Through Which To View This Honor Shame Based, Conformist Culture, And Shows How, In Its Role Within That Culture, The Court System Reveals Japan To Be, Surprisingly To Some, A Land Of True Individuals

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • True Crime Japan
  • Paul Murphy
  • English
  • 18 August 2019
  • 9784805313428

10 thoughts on “True Crime Japan

  1. says:

    First 10 book of the year, read in January, reviewed in December Sometimes it takes a while for me to know what I want to say Japan s judicial and incarceration systems are both vastly different from the West, the first much softer and the second much harder To sum up a book that went into great detail about the court system if your case comes to court you might as well plead guilty because almost everyone is found guilty Since you are going to be found guilty you will want to minimise your sentence as much as possible, therefore show an immense amount of contrition Be overtly remorseful, try previously to make it up to your victim to whom you shouldn t have committed a crime against in the first place Write letters, abase yourself in front of the court If you don t you will likely get yourself a hard sentence Commit a second or third offence, you re going away with hard labour for a long time.This obviously works, at least looking at statistics The US rate of recidivism is 77% and for Japan, 40% so it is possible their system works The rest of the book is full of cases and about major crime gangs, Yakuza in particular, all very interesting and worth reading because Japan is such a differently organised society and culture from the West but on the surface, because of our attachment to technology and business, we are similar than we are different.

  2. says:

    Don t be fooled by the salacious subtitle This excellent book is less the tale of thieves, rascals and dope heads, and much what makes Japan tick Murphy succeeds in turning ostensibly bizarre cases found in a Nagano Prefecture district court into an exploration of what constituters morality to the Japanese And what he finds, spoiler alert, is a surprisingly forgiving country if the defendant is prepared to show remorse and acceptance of the supremacy of the greater good But woe betide any who don t exhibit the contrition and subservience expected And if it s your second or third offence, prepare yourself for years of punitive work, solitary confinement and military discipline in some of the most unforgiving prisons in the world In short, Murphy uses the cases of the unfortunate to show what makes Japan a fortunate place to live for the law abiding If you ve got any interest in Japan, journalism or criminal justice, you ll get something of value from this book.The author was kind enough to give in depth answers to a few questions I had abut the book, here on my blog

  3. says:

    A revealing and fascinating look inside Japanese courtrooms, True Crime Japan tells the stories of what happens in between pleas and sentencing in Japan Author Paul Murphy, a journalist and longtime resident of Japan has captured these tales in detail, showcasing the different approaches, customs and morals amongst the Japanese population when it comes to crime and punishment.I loved this book The author approaches each case in a free flowing, relaxed style providing a great read with chapters covering elderly crime, gangsters, mama s boys , confessions and mother killers Paul Murphy s understanding of these processes shines through in his writing He does not over complicate or throw statistics in to impress He weaves such information effortlessly within the narrative resulting in welcome additions to case studies Cases are presented respectfully but with a dash of humour This is not a true crime book that could be described as grim despite some of the terrible crimes covered.Integrated very successfully within case studies is the cultural information which grounds these cases within Japanese society providing a learning curve on the clear differences and the potential lessons we could learn compared to our familar Western culture Overall this is an exciting, intriguing and fascinating read which I would highly recommend It is a real treat for any true crime fan, especially those looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of crime, justice and punishment within Japanese culture.You can read my full review and an excerpt of True Crime Japan on Crime Traveller

  4. says:

    Criminal court cases in Japan begin with the fairly predictable the defendant pleads guilty and end with the utterly predictable the defendant is found guilty What happens in between is the interesting bit Introduction, p.8 Paul Murphy, an Irish reporter, has written a really fascinating look at aspects of Japanese society through the medium of criminal court trials ranging from shoplifting to murder And despite the language of the introduction, what comes before the trial is also fascinating, since the defendant has usually confessed, written formal apologies, and paid restitution The expression of remorse is a constant among almost all defendants The final chapter looks at whether or not European countries or the U.S could imitate aspects of the Japanese legal system or if Japanese society overall is just too different for practices from there to be simply exported.If you re at all familiar with the operation of the American justice system, many things will stand out One thing that struck me was how often suspended sentences were given, even for truly serious offenses if the defendant was a first time offender, compared to what I would expect in the United States Murphy attributes these many breaks warnings, fines, suspended sentences to the Confucian belief that people are capable of reform And the constant expressions of remorse by defendants are part of a public ritual demonstrating the defendant s shame over Yet the flip side of this is the severity of prison once one has been sent there for whatever offense Instead of the wide variety of imprisonment categories in the US for different offenders and different degrees of crime, the Japanese prison appears as a one size fits all institution most akin to an American maximum security prison.

  5. says:

    The court scene is so bizarrely different in Japan compared to America that your first reading about it will boggle you The personal details in these accounts would never come out in the US and they are a fascinating window into some aspects of Japan that are outside of the usual cherry blossom story While I ve read about it before, this is the first time I ve read detailed reports on how the lay judges work I ve served on many juries and I m jealous that my Japanese counterparts can ask questions Also covered to some extent is police interrogation and prison life While it s hard to to verify the reality of it, the Japanese do seem to be intent on reforming criminals if possible and this maybe one factor behind Japan s low crime rate Another is decent basic education for everyone and the absence of ghettos, there are many forces in the US that are anti education, especially for minorities, public schools I went to in the 60 s had libraries and nurses, in the 90 s those same schools forced pupils to share textbooks because of budget cuts and the nurses and extra books were long gone Japan as a country has issues, this book covers some, but it certainly is thought provoking.I did find it amusing that Murphy, an Irishman, found the Japanese welfare system a bit cruel and bureaucratic, don t move to the US, you will have nightmares worthy of Kafka

  6. says:

    A great book to read if you want good insight into almost every aspect of Japanese society Murphy uses different court cases to expand and go into detail about the background of each defendant This gives us a telescope in which to look at the cultural, judicial, economical, social, religious, philosophical, and familial dynamics of Japan Many of those on trial are quite interesting and it s sometimes fascinating to see how they got to where they are True Crime Japan really helps the reader understand how the judicial system here works I admit I didn t know many of the facts or how they meted out sentences here until I read this book It s a fascinating read for anyone interested in Japan and I highly recommend it You may find it hard to put down.

  7. says:

    Ever since I read Rising Sun by Michael Crichton I m hooked on Japanese culture Years later and I have two Japanese tattoos and a cat called Sushi so I m buying into being a full Gaijin True Crime Japan gives us a variety of snapshots from a Japanese courtroom Each story is equaling as fascinating for both the crime and the Japanese system that deals with it My favourite was the bike thief who s mother stood as his character witness I won t ruin it Any book that has a blurb from Jake Adelstein Tokyo Vice is worth checking out Of course I m biased, like Paul Murphy, I m an Irishman with a fascination with Japan.

  8. says:

    Still haven t finished this book it is taking a while to get into, but I love the depth of information it gives you into Japanese law and society Loved learning about the Yakuza and was amazed to learn that police almost rely on Yakuza to balance crime in Japan Very interesting and will update when I have completed the book.

  9. says:

    Murphy provides a glimpse into Japanese society in this easy to read work He classifies the Japanese criminal in to major types through his experiences in a Japanese courtroom What is interesting is the procedure and the sentencing of these criminals as opposed to how things are done in the United States This book is an interesting and good read Its major weakness, I feel, is that it is not true to its title All research was done in a courtroom in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture While certain elements of Japanese culture are the same in all Japan, cases from around the country would have added weight Murphy gives some comparative analyses of crime in Japan and compares them with other countries I like graphics Presenting data in charts and graphs works for me.

  10. says:

    Delicious chapter on perverts, fascinating range of infractions that features one of the most common crimes in Japan groping on the subway In an effort to contain this behavior there are clubs that simulate rush hour traffic for a fee The mix of irreverent and earnest observations yields a snapshot of modern underworld Japan sparkling with insight.

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