Japan Update: Yaakov Yosef’s Hearing Concludes


japan-trialThe hearing held today  in the Tokyo High Court in the appeals case of Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel  concluded at 4:55 PM Tokyo time. At this hearing, Ms. Reiko Suzuki, the woman who had administered the polygraph test to the three bochurim arrested in Japan for carrying drugs in their suitcases, took the witness stand in her quest to defend her position that passing the polygraph test does not preclude the possession of “vague knowledge” in the subjects being tested.

Ms. Suzuki’s hour and a half long examination by the prosecutor proceeded in an atypical and seemingly ridiculous fashion, with 90% of the questions apparently having been prepared in advance to only require one word answers from Ms. Suzuki such as yes, no, of course, etc. in her attempt to avoid ensnaring herself in her effort to challenge Professor Ben-Shachar’s scientifically based testimony of January 26th which clearly proved that CIT testing is accurate even in the case of vague knowledge.

After a twenty minute break, Mr. Takano, the leading lawyer on the defense team, cross examined Ms. Suzuki for another hour and a half, with Ms. Suzuki being extremely evasive in her answers. The defense team detected at least two outright lies and several contradictions in her testimony, which will be clearly highlighted at the closing arguments which are scheduled to take place on March the 28th.

Present at the hearing were Yaakov Yosef’s father, Rabbi Aron Nezri, Rabbi Meilich Bindinger, and Professor Ben-Shachar, among others. After the hearing was over, the Professor stated that he was surprised at Ms. Suzuki’s “cheap fakery”. The defense team now has one month to prepare its closing arguments. The end is drawing near. We must use this time to be mispallel for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel and Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava.

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{Yossi Schneider-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. All is in the hand of hashem. Tefilah is the only thing. If only people can organise tehilim groups daily/ weekly in homes/ schools etc. for the next month till the final arguments… May we see a yeshua quickly. Omen

  2. It’s chodesh Adar for five more weeks. If one must go through such a nissayon, this is the best time. Let’s not slacken at our end! Yes, tefilos work. We need to intensify our tefilos the three bachurim.