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Japan: Debating abolition of the death penalty

, Index number: ASA 22/004/1992

This document gives information about the death penalty in Japan and about the debate surrounding its abolition. Arguments from both abolitionsists and retentionists in legal, political and academic circles are summarized. These include defence lawyers, prosecutors, Ministry of Justice officials, the government, judges, legal scholars, members of the Diet (Parliament) and religious groups.

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