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Japan to introduce plea bargaining, with focus on corporate crime

Legislation aiding prosecution comes into effect June 1

Plea bargaining is expected to strengthen prosecution in cases of crimes such as bribery, which often relies on the testimony of the defendant.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will introduce plea bargaining on June 1, paving the way for prosecutors to obtain evidence against a major participant in a crime from a junior partner in exchange for lighter charges.

The measure is especially aimed at strengthening the prosecution of corporate and financial crime.

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