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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 […]

85.6% of Japanese Public Supports Capital Punishment…Really?

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I have been assessing the extent to which the EU can try and urge Japan to change its accepted norms on human rights regarding capital punishment, and came across this article the other day: Japan Today (2010) “Record High 85.6% in Favor of Death Penalty: Survey”, 7 February, 2010. URL: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/record-high-856-in-favor-of-death-penalty-survey Original article in Japanese […]

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