STUDIES: "The Death Penalty in Japan"

A new report from the Death Penalty Project, titled The Death Penalty in Japan, provides an assessment of that country’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty which both Japan and the U.S. have ratified. While retaining the death penalty is not itself a breach of the treaty, the report states Japan is under an obligation to develop domestic laws and practices that progressively restrict the use of the death penalty. According to the report, Japan has failed to meet the treaty’s requirements for fair trials, the provision of adequate procedures for appeal and clemency, and for the humane treatment of persons under sentence of death. The report also explores the quality of opinion surveys in Japan that have reported high public support for the death penalty. Read full text of the report. (Amnesty International reported that Japan resumed executions in 2012 after a 20-month moratorium.)

(“DPP LAUNCHES REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY IN JAPAN,” The Death Penalty Project, March 13, 2013; DPIC posted April 12, 2013). See International and Studies on the death penalty. Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Japan.