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    Japanese Executions

    Japan has not yet embraced the bleeding-heart argument that death is cruel and unusual punishment.

    Japan has hanged two men, bringing to eight the number of prisoners executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago.

    Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announced the latest executions, which happened on Thursday.

    With the exception of the United States, Japan is the only major industrialised democracy to use capital punishment.

    "There are various criticisms of the death penalty... but Japanese law allows for it and I believe we have people's support in principle," said Tanigaki.

    Surveys in Japan have showed the death penalty has overwhelming public support despite repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups.

    One of those executed on Thursday was Ryoji Kagayama, 63, who stabbed to death a student from China after robbing her in 2000.

    He also knifed a man to death in 2008 in a failed robbery attempt.

    The other prisoner was Akira Morinaga, 55, who drowned a relative of his former wife in a bath in 1986 and murdered an acquaintance of her days later.

    Japan now has 129 inmates on death row, according to justice ministry data.

    Amnesty International Japan criticised the executions, saying "the high-paced executions under the Abe administration stands squarely against repeated international calls for abolition of death penalty".

    Tokyo did not execute anyone in 2011, the first full year in nearly two decades without an execution amid muted debate on the rights and wrongs of a policy that enjoys wide public support.

    But in March last year it abruptly resumed its use of capital punishment, dispatching three multiple murderers.

    Seven prisoners were executed in 2012.

    International advocacy groups say the system is cruel because inmates can wait for their executions for many years in solitary confinement and are only told of their impending death a few hours ahead of time.

    In 2012 Latvia became the most recent country to abolish capital punishment, and in 2013 the US state of Maryland banned the practise.

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    Re: Japanese Executions

    I support the death penalty and think Japan does it the way we should be. Prisoners are basically kept in solitary confinement, no TV and I don't believe the murderers know the date of their execution until the morning the order is released.

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    Re: Japanese Executions

    Missouri just executed the second man in three weeks.
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    Re: Japanese Executions

    Quote Originally Posted by deterp View Post
    Missouri just executed the second man in three weeks.
    The whole process here takes too long. The last two people Missouri executed were for crimes committed in 1977 and 1994 respectively. Most notably Joseph Paul Franklin who was executed on November 20th was the man who put Larry Flynt in a wheelchair.

    By the way, the ratio of death sentences to homicides in Japan is almost the same rate as Texas.

    I read up on this a few years ago and remembered this article provided a lot of interesting facts about the Japanese legal system and the death penalty.

    http://www.japansociety.org/page/mul...secret_theater

    "when a Japanese prison guard is told to carry out an execution, he may not refuse, even if he has a conscientious objection to the death penalty. As a civil servant, he is legally required to accept the duty or lose his job. But, a high-tech answer, of sorts, has been found: Several different guards simultaneously press different buttons, all of which look as if they operate the trap door, but only one of which actually does."

    "Japanese prisoners find out on the morning of their executions that it is their turn to be hanged. In other words, each of them lives for many years never quite knowing when death will come. And, of course, executions themselves are closed to the press and public. Until 1998, they were not even officially announced after the fact"

    "the method of execution in Japan--hanging--has apparently never been controversial, at least not since 1961, when the Supreme Court of Japan ruled that it does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. "

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    Re: Japanese Executions

    The Japanese have never been squeamish about executions... just ask the families of our pilots and soldiers from WW2.
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    Re: Japanese Executions

    Quote Originally Posted by ugabrad View Post
    The Japanese have never been squeamish about executions... just ask the families of our pilots and soldiers from WW2.
    That's fair Brad. But, after MaCArthur wrote their constitution for them things have been slightly better than the Nanjing Massacre.

    Their appeal process is worse than ours. If you read that article, which is the opposite argument I'd propose, they have a 99% conviction rate.

    There should be a middle ground in the US. Ridgeway shouldn't die of old age.

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    Re: Japanese Executions

    Personally, I have always felt that if you willfully kill another person then you have forfeit your life. However, I don't like the US record of false convictions or long, drawn out, expensive appeals - which I realize is a contradiction, so that is why I have very mixed feelings about the death penalty. But for someone to put up the Japanese refusal to consider the death penalty to be cruel and unusual punishment is along the lines of flying a false flag, IMO. Of course they don't consider it to be cruel and unusual punishment. I would be surprised if they did...
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    Re: Japanese Executions

    Quote Originally Posted by Really Big Bama Fan View Post
    Japan has not yet embraced the bleeding-heart argument that death is cruel and unusual punishment.
    The Japs mastered how to kill long ago, especially with a side of cruelty.
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    Re: Japanese Executions

    I honestly did not know Japan still had capital punishment!
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