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The Politics of Police Detention in Japan: Consensus of Convenience

Silvia Croydon


This book places a spotlight on the remand procedure for criminal suspects in Japan. The twenty-three-day duration for which individuals can be held in police custody prior to being indicted there is the longest amongst developed nations; the majority of OECD members permit only four days or less. In practice, the average length of suspect detention in police cells is even longer due to multiple charges being imposed, and there is very little use of detention facilities independent of the investigation—only 2 per cent of suspects are held in this way. Given its central role in Japan’s distinct ... More

Keywords: police detention, substitute prison, Japan, criminal suspects, remand prisoners, human rights, interrogations, confessions, lay judges

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvia Croydon, author
Assistant Professor, Hakubi Centre for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan