On the Ethics of Exporting Ethics: The Right to Silence in Japan and the U.S

  title={On the Ethics of Exporting Ethics: The Right to Silence in Japan and the U.S},
  author={Kenneth I. Winston},
  journal={Criminal Justice Ethics},
At the end of WWII, U.S. occupation forces transformed Japan from an autocratic polity into a constitutional democracy. Part of the plan called for transplanting the constitutional right to silence for criminal defendants, to replace the traditional Japanese emphasis on confessions. The failure of this effort is the starting point in this essay for reflecting on the possibilities of ethical deliberation across cultures. It is argued that U.S. legal experts failed to appreciate what is… 
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