Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2010

342 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9784770031471

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Where is the Justice?

Media Attacks, Prosecutorial Abuse, and My 13 Years in Japanese Court

Hiromasa Ezoe

A Publication of Kodansha USA

On June 19, 1988, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper broke the story: Recruit Co. Ltd, a media conglomerate founded by Hiromasa Ezoe, was alleged to have bribed the deputy Mayor of Kawasaki City. Thus began what became known as the Recruit Affair, a scandal that shook Japanese politics to the core and brought down the government of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.

Where is the Justice? is Hiromasa Ezoe's detailed and candid exposé of the Recruit Affair and the part he played in it. Ezoe offers a unique perspective on the events, from which we, today, can draw important lessons about ethics, accountability, transparency, and the often dangerously entwined roles of policy makers, policy enforcers - and those who report and manipulate public opinion.