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January 29, 2015

With overwhelming public support, Japanese Justice Minister continues with capital punishment

As reported in this news article, "Japan is to continue applying the death penalty after over 80 percent of the country's population expressed their support for the measure, media Thursday cited Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa as saying."  Here is more:

A recent government survey revealed that 80.3 percent of respondents backed the death penalty, while 9.7 percent felt that it should be abolished.  Kamikawa termed the results as positive and said strict and careful measures would continue in this regard.

She said there was no intention of revising the current policy in the short term, despite having hinted at times the possibility of introducing life sentences for capital crimes. "Most people believe it is unavoidable for those who committed extremely malicious crimes to face (execution)," Kamikawa said, according to the Asahi daily newspaper.

Kamikawa also made a reference to the global trend against the death penalty and the petition by activists for Japan to end capital punishment.  "It is a problem associated with what country Japan should be, and it is (the Japanese people's) business," she said.

Eleven convicts have been executed since the current government took office in December 2012.  Japan, along with the US, is the only developed and democratic country that still imposes the death penalty.

I tend also to include India on a list of "developed and democratic country that still imposes the death penalty," but maybe some would dispute characterizing India as developed.

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India has 300 million plus middle class people. They have more Honor students than we have children. If they decide to ever jettison their last vestiges of Commie ideology, they will be able to buy us out. Pray they stay sclerotic and Commie in their government. By the way, they have the same idiotic British common la that we do.

They were also very stupid, almost as much as we were. They got rid of the British, as we did in 1787. Same catastrophic results. Both nations could have resolved their problems as Canada did. Quietly. We could have gotten rid of slavery without killing 850,000. India would remain united as a Hindu/Muslim nation without killing millions of people in ethnic cleansing. We have a lot in common, sharing huge mistakes in history.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 29, 2015 6:06:25 PM

I am sure that the citizens of Nanking will be impressed by the progress the Japanese have made since WWII.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jan 29, 2015 7:01:54 PM

The pseudo-American friendly culture of Japan is a centimeter deep. Right underneath is the same imperial ethos of the past thousand years.

When I visited them, within days, I realized, I was in Vulcan territory, among superior beings, and America seemed to be chaotic, and messy, and embarrassing from that distance. There were signs of inefficiency. Does one need a greeter to bow as every car enters a parking garage?

Once one sees this superior ethos, one understand why the Red Chinese Army is lending us a $trillion to prop up our lifestyles. They want a soft intermediary between themselves and the iron fisted Japanese. The latter could put together an atomic weapon in a week.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 29, 2015 11:03:40 PM

Japan -- baseball, tabloids and death penalty. U.S. should be proud.

Posted by: Joe | Jan 30, 2015 10:01:37 AM

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