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Ghosn's arrest put Japan's justice system on trial in the court of world opinion.But it may be even worse than that: A 99 percent conviction rate (among those who are indicted) implies that Japan's prosecutors and courts could be colluding, rather than working to achieve justice. For example, prosecutors' requests for extensions of custody (up to 23 days) are rarely rejected, and bail is seldom granted. The silver lining is that Ghosn's case could spur a much-needed overhaul of Japan's legal system to balance better the interests of prosecutors and the rights of defendants.Indeed, U.S. President Donald Trump himself politicized the case by declaring that he could intervene in the case if it would help to repair U.S. relations with China.China certainly is not taking Meng's arrest lying down. Like the U.S., China is not averse to wielding its diplomatic clout, military might and financial muscle to protect its interests. After all, it is both less costly and less risky for China to take aim at Canada than at the U.S. This does not, however, mean that China would not be willing to defy the U.S., especially if the U.S. continues to pursue its emerging containment strategy.
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