Thursday, July 09, 2009

Japan's Mixed-Court Trials Soon to Swing into Action

See "134 so far to stand trial by lay judges," Japan Times Online (June 22, 2009).

The very first trial involves a killing caused by plastic bottles filled with water:

The first [trial], involving a 72-year-old man charged with murdering a neighbor, is scheduled for Aug. 3 to 6 at the Tokyo District Court.

Katsuyoshi Fujii allegedly stabbed Haruko Bun, 66, a South Korean resident of Japan, to death May 1 on a road in Adachi Ward.

Fujii has allegedly told the police he lost his temper after some plastic bottles filled with water in front of his home were knocked over by a motorcycle owned by Bun's son.

Many people place plastic bottles around their garages, gardens and planters under the false belief that light reflected from them will scare off stray cats.

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