“In a retrial held decades after his conviction, a court on Thursday acquitted an 85-year-old man of a 1985 murder in Kumamoto Prefecture… “‘There is no evidence that shows the defendant was the culprit and the court cannot accept he committed the murder,’ said presiding Judge Yoshihisa Mizokuni in handing down the ruling.”

Shared knowledge regarding the guilt of Koki Miyata has definitely changed from the time to when he was found guilty until now. The situation in some ways undermines confidence in the Japanese justice system because it clearly failed and an innocent man spent a significant amount of time in jail. However, some people might view the results of the retrial in a positive way – the justice system is able to correct past errors and this change in knowledge builds confidence.


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