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The complete collection of articles and abstracts for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is available in the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library digital archives.

Volume 20  |  Issue 3  |  June 2011

LEGAL COMPLIANCE AND KOREA'S FINANCIAL SERVICES MARKET: A STRATEGIC APPROACH

Young-Cheol Jeong
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 483

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LABOR RELATIONS AND LABOR LAW IN JAPAN

Atsushi Tsuneki and Manabu Matsunaka
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 529

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DIVORCE AND THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD: DISPUTES OVER VISITATION AND THE JAPANESE FAMILY COURTS

Written by Takao Tanase, Translated by Matthew J. McCauley
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 563

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DIVORCE AND THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD IN JAPAN

Matthew J. McCauley
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 589

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TO PLEA OR NOT TO PLEA: THE BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING AN INSTITUTIONALIZED PLEA BARGAINING SYSTEM IN JAPAN

Priyanka Prakash
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 607

Plea bargaining, the practice that permits the prosecution and defense to negotiate reduced charges or a lighter sentence in exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea, is a bedrock component of the criminal justice system in many nations. The Japanese legal community, however, has resisted introducing plea bargaining into Japan’s legal system. From 2001 to 2004, the Japanese legislature passed over twenty reform laws to prepare the country’s criminal justice system for the demands of the twenty-first century, but provisions for plea bargaining were conspicuously absent from the reform package. This is largely because the Japanese legal community views plea bargaining as antithetical to the Japanese justice system’s core values: obtaining the truth, encouraging the defendant’s remorse and rehabilitation, and protecting victims’ interests. Resistance to plea bargaining in Japan takes on heightened significance in light of increasing pressures on the nation’s legal system to expedite criminal proceedings. Currently, there are “tacit” informal types of plea bargaining that Japanese prosecutors use to simplify trial procedures. This comment argues that tacit bargaining is an inadequate substitute for formal institutionalized plea bargaining. While tacit bargaining may relieve burdens on congested Japanese criminal courts, tacit bargains are unenforceable, leaving the defendant without a remedy in the event the prosecution breaches the informal agreement. The use of tacit bargaining is also concerning in regards to defendants’ rights because it sustains coercive aspects of the Japanese justice system and leads to uninformed, involuntary confessions. In order to address Japan’s cultural aversions to plea bargaining, this comment examines the use of plea bargaining in international criminal tribunals. These tribunals can serve as models for Japan because they have demonstrated that plea bargaining can aid rather than undermine the goals of the Japanese justice system.

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DEATH PENALTY SENTENCING IN JAPAN UNDER THE LAY ASSESSOR SYSTEM: AVOIDING THE AVOIDABLE THROUGH UNANIMITY

Elizabeth M. Sher
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 635

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THE PROBLEM OF ENFORCING NATURE’S RIGHTS UNDER ECUADOR'S CONSTITUTION: WHY THE 2008 ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENTS HAVE NO BITE

Mary Elizabeth Whittemore
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 659

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Volume 20  |  Issue 2  |  March 2011

CIVIL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION: LIMITS ON INSTRUMENTAL JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION IN JAPAN

Mark A. Levin
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 265

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THE SINGAPORE CHILL: POLITICAL DEFAMATION AND THE NORMALIZATION OF A STATIST RULE OF LAW

Cameron Sim
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 319

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INTRODUCING THE CHINA JURIST SERIES

Timothy Webster
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 355

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INITIAL RESEARCH ON THE MALFUNCTIONS OF THE CRIMINAL PROCESS

Written by Chen Ruihua, Translated by Timothy Webster
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 359

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INCENTIVES FOR CHANGE: CHINA’S CADRE SYSTEM APPLIED TO WATER QUALITY

Wyatt F. Golding
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 399

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UNJUST ENRICHMENT: AN ALTERNATIVE TO TORT LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONTEXT?

Aura Y. Weinbaum
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 429

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VICTORIA’S WINDOW DRESSING: HOW THE ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS ACT 1978 FAILED AT BASTION POINT

Taylor K. Wonhoff
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 455

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Volume 20  |  Issue 1  |  January 2011

EXPLAINING CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW IN NEW DEMOCRACIES: THE CASE OF TAIWAN

Nuno Garoupa, Veronica Grembi, and Shirley Ching-Ping Lin
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 1

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CHINA'S COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW: WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED AND THE GAPS REMAINING

Roda Mushkat
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 41

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REGULAR TAKINGS OR REGULATORY TAKINGS?  LAND EXPROPRIATION IN RURAL CHINA

Valerie Jaffee Washburn
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 71

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PATENT PROTECTION OF MEDICAL METHODS – FOCUSING ON ETHICAL ISSUES

Written by Yusuke Sato, Translated by Jiameng Kathy Liu
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 125

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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: INCORPORATING CUMULATIVE EFFECTS IN AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT

Jessica T. Dales
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 149

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ADDRESSING THE OVERREPRESENTATION OF THE MAORI IN NEW ZEALAND’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AT THE SENTENCING STAGE: HOW AUSTRALIA CAN PROVIDE A MODEL FOR CHANGE

Joanna Hess
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 179

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A LESSER-KNOWN IMMIGRATION CRISIS: FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Robert J. Misulich
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 211

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO IMPACT LITIGATION IN CHINA: THE PROCURATOR AS A LEGAL AVENUE FOR CASES IN THE “PRIVATE FAMILY SPHERE” OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Hai-Ching Yang
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 237

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