Learning from the Japanese approach to criminal responsibility

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Yeo, S 2003, 'Learning from the Japanese approach to criminal responsibility', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 180-190.

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This article describes the two-stage approach to criminal responsibility in Japan and compares it with the Australian approach. It argues that the Japanese approach manages to avoid many of the problems besetting the Australian one as well as being more closely aligned with the major aims of punishment. Specific instances of the superiority of the Japanese approach are presented and the call made for Australian lawmakers to learn more about Japanese criminal law.