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The investigation of white collar crime in Japan is undergoing dramatic changes. The catalyst for reform was an unprecedented scandal caused by the special investigation department of a public prosecutor's office.
The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be“…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”