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The Public Opinion Myth: Why Japan Retains the Death Penalty

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  • 1 Oct 2015

This report, co-authored by Mai Sato and Paul Bacon, confronts the Japanese government’s assertion that the majority in favour of capital punishment in Japan is so large that it cannot be ignored by a democratic government.

It complements our other published reports analysing public attitudes to the death penalty (in MalaysiaTrinidad & Tobago and Japan) and forms part of the DPP publication series.

The Japanese version of the report was launched in Japan in August 2015 at the Foreign Correspondence Club and the following related events took place in Tokyo:

  • Talk to Japanese parliamentarians and the Japanese media at the Parliamentary Building (25th)
  • Talk to lawyers and practitioners at the Kyoto Bar Association (27th)

To mark the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the English version of the report will be launched on Monday 12th October. The report launch will be followed by a screening of a documentary ‘The Wavering Public? The Death Penalty, Justice, and Public Opinion’ based on a deliberative poll conducted by the authors.’

Download the report (English version)

Read the report (Japanese version)

Corrections for the report (Japanese version)

Download the report (Japanese version)

Related media articles:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/16/national/public-support-death-penalty-not-overwhelming-researchers-say/#.Vf7P8njN9v0

http://bccjacumen.com/support-lacking-for-death-penalty/

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