- 10 . 06 . 04
“A suspect is someone who is innocent until proven guilty”. “Why were they arrested then?” “…”
Japanese Culture, Police, Suspects
Almost every student I teach has a hard time understanding the concept of a ‘Suspect’. They reason that a person is only investigated by the police if they are guilty of something. This is hardly surprising given the conviction rates here; something like 90% of all arrests result in a trial and a guilty verdict. The blind faith in the police force is all the more strange considering that police are generally regarded as some of the least honest / upright Japanese people you’ll find (though that’s not actually saying much).