Japan: Speedy Justice?

"The May Day incident is no longer a subject for jurists," said Tokyo University Professor Hideo Fujiki. "It's already one for the historians." Not quite. The incident occurred in 1952, when 6,000 demonstrators shouting "Yankee go home!" and demanding a new government clashed with 1,000 police amidst the fragrant pine groves and the graveled walkways of the plaza outside Tokyo's Imperial Palace; two died and more than 1,400 were injured.

Yet it was only last week, 17 years and nine months after the rioting, that the Tokyo district court finally ended its trial of 261 people who were accused of...

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