Asia

Is Japan Politically Correct?

Of course not, says Jean-Marie Bouissou in Les Leçons du Japon (2019). The spectacular arrest of Carlos Ghosn, (former) CEO of Renault-Nissan chipped the glaze of official Tokyo—politesse, cherry blossom and this year’s Olympics—partly because Tokyo criminal prosecutors enjoy an eye-watering 99 per cent conviction rate, and perhaps partly because the last prosecutor to have such a good run in France was Robespierre. In Brazil, by contrast, Ghosn’s country of origin, conviction rates in the Lava Jato corruption cases are less than 1 per cent.1 Anglo-Saxons who prefer the golden mean hang little thieves and set the big ones free.…

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