Japan’s Cabinet backs use of GPS trackers for defendants on bail

The Cabinet on Friday approved legal revisions so defendants on bail can be made to wear GPS devices to prevent them from fleeing the country — a decision influenced by former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan in 2019 while on bail.

The amendments, applying to the Code of Criminal Procedure and other legislation set to be passed in the current parliamentary session, allows GPS to be used to locate defendants released on bail after being fixed with a device.

The amendments will go into effect after the laws’ enactment, with GPS installations beginning five years after promulgation.

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