JAPAN: BAR FEDERATION TO ESTABLISH PANEL FOR ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
December 17, 2011: the Japan Federation of Bar Associations decided to establish a committee to pursue the abolition of the death penalty, its first attempt to adopt an official policy against capital punishment.
The federation will select the members of the committee in January and ask the Diet to establish a panel to review the death penalty. The committee will also lobby the justice minister and the public on abolishing capital punishment. (Sources: Japan Times, 18/12/2011)