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World Day Against the Death Penalty: Japan Today

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I was recently interviewed by ABC News, the Australian public broadcaster. I was asked my view on Japan’s death penalty policy and some of this interview will be live in Australia today, the 10th Oct 2014, World Day Against the Death Penalty. There are 125 death row inmates in Japan (as of 24 August 2014) and I was […]

Hakamada Iwao Released from Death Row after 46 Years

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On the 27 March 2014, Hakamada Iwao, a former boxer, was released from death row having been there for 46 years since 1968. He has consistently stated that he was forced to confess to the murder of a family of four in 1966. However, until this date, his appeals for retrial had been rejected by […]

‘Democratic Deficit’ in Japan: The Secrecy Law

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            Democratic deficit’ is often used to claim that ‘the European Union and its various bodies suffer from a lack of democracy and seem inaccessible to the ordinary citizen because their method of operating is so complex’. http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/democratic_deficit_en.htm After Tokutei Himitsu Hogo Ho (the secrecy law) was enacted by the Liberal […]

Noda Yoshihiko as a New PM: Unnecessary Change in Current Japan

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Noda Yoshihiko, Finance Minister under Kan Naoto administration, was chosen as a sixth Prime Minister of Japan in the last five years. Anxiety over Kan’s future as a Prime Minister was already observed after the 3/11 earthquake indeed. Because of his “poor performance” in dealing with the earthquake aftermath, three opposition parties had submitted a […]

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