By Ian Neary
Ian Neary appears to be like intimately on the background of the advent of human rights rules into Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and examines how, and to what impact, nation and society have included the explicit foreign criteria on youngsters' and sufferers' rights into felony structures and social perform. This comprehensively researched, accessibly written ebook could be a worthwhile source for college students and students of Asian reports, human rights, sociology and politics.
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It was the USA however that took upon itself the main task of ruling Japan during the occupation that lasted from 1945–52. Although there was a contingent of Commonwealth soldiers among the army of occupation and some of the supervisory institutions included representatives of all the wartime Allies, control of the reform of Japan was monopolised by Americans. Their planning for the occupation had begun not long after the outbreak of the war in the Pacific and there were many policies that were enthusiastically promoted and implemented in the first months and years of the occupation with minimal consultation with the Japanese beneficiaries of these policies.
We need to review its record in the promotion of human rights in Japan, if indeed that was its primary function. ) Japanese accounts of the origin of this system point to the existence of a Civil Liberties section within the US Department of Justice and say that the CLB, at least at first, was an American attempt to create a Japanese equivalent of this bureau. However in one of the few English-language references to the origin of the CLB, Alfred C. Oppler who was in the Government Section suggests that the CLB was ‘the initiative of the first attorneygeneral Suzuki Yoshio’ (Oppler 1976: 10).
Those who are keen to stress the unique features of Japanese society argue there is a cultural preference for less formal means of conciliation of disputes than the law courts. On the other hand Beer suggests that, at least among parties of similar social standing, there is ‘a very ordinary level of litigiousness in civil cases’. However there are usually semi-formal procedures that provide a faster and therefore cheaper method of dispute resolution. It is nevertheless one which will usually produce ‘a result similar to what would have resulted from formal trial proceedings’ (Beer 1984: 139).