Whale Trial - Behind the Scenes: Lottery

Photo | 8 June, 2010

Students, citizens of Aomori and activists from Greenpeace and other NGOs line up to receive tickets for public gallery access, which are given out by District Court officials in a lottery system. With the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding that authorities have breached internationally agreed human rights in their treatment of Sato and Suzuki, the trial has become a landmark for Japan's legal system.