Rely less on confessions, state told
March 14, 2007
Kyodo News

In a rare move, the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office has ordered prosecutors nationwide to refrain from relying too much on confessions that crime suspects make during interrogation as evidence for indictments, according to sources.
Even as a system to include citizen judges is set to start up in 2009, the credibility of investigations is in doubt following the recent revelation that an innocent man was imprisoned for two years after being convicted without hard evidence.
The notice ordered the deputy chiefs of 58 high and district public prosecutor's offices "to refrain from simply relying on verbal evidence such as confessions."