This chapter provides background on the shape of the Japanese judiciary, locates the foundation for understanding fundamental public confidence in that institution, and then explores why there are underlying persistent issues relating to the regulation of judicial misconduct. The relevance of recent reforms is also examined. A high court judge's recent disciplinary matters, both formal and informal, are used to profile key issues at the forefront of the Japanese system today, and how shifting the balance with respect to incorporation of more public involvement and perspective might further enhance this comparatively strong system.
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