Japan Adopts New DNA Technology and Innocence Project-Based Program

Prosecutors in Japan have a 99% conviction rate, chiefly due to the ubiquity of confessions in criminal cases. Recently, Japan has embraced various forensic science procedures, modeled after those practiced in the United States, to evaluate evidence in criminal cases.

Additionally, a new program at the College of Policy Science and Graduate School of Policy Science at Ritsumeikan University, modeled after the Innocence Project in the United States, will seek to obtain relief for individuals who are shown to be wrongfully convicted. Currently the standard for overturning a conviction in Japan requires new evidence that is strong enough to overturn the original conviction, however, obtaining new evidence remains quite difficult.

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