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NCJ Number: 114735 Find in a Library
Title: Old and New: Japan's Mechanisms for Crime Control and Social Justice
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:27  Issue:4  Dated:(November 1988)  Pages:283-296
Author(s): C B Becker
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 14
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: This article examines some of the reasons why Japan enjoys one of the most crime-free industrial societies in the world with a high concern for social justice.
Abstract: It begins by examining traditional values in Japanese history, particularly the importance of family and group-membership. It shows the implications of these values for crime, justice and the Japanese legal system. Then it discusses five post-war mechanisms contributing to Japan's continued social harmony and growing efforts towards social justice: writing groups, debating societies, neighbourhood newspapers, individual instruction in traditional arts, and gasshukus. It is suggested that other societies may benefit by the adoption or adaptation of some of Japan's values and techniques. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Informal social control
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Cultural influences; Japan; Social conditions
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