Journal article

Courtroom Discourse of the ‘Hybrid’ Japanese Criminal Justice System

Ikuko Nakane

Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology | The CALA Unit, SOAS University of London | Published : 2020


In the Japanese courtroom, an adversarial orientation is often manifested in the ways in which prosecution and defence counsels each utilize discourse strategies to construct competing narratives, for example, by asking coercive negative questions in cross-examination. Alternatively, counsel‘s attempt at building a convincing narrative is at times thwarted by the judge‘s inquisitorial orientation to attempt to elicit the truth.‘This paper aims to explore the discourse of Japanese criminal trials, drawing on an ethnographic study of communication in courtroom settings in Japan. The paper specifically focuses on how the hybridity ofadversarial and inquisitorial orientations to the justic..

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