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JAPAN: CABINET OFFICE POLL, 80% OF RESPONDENTS THINK DEATH PENALTY ‘PERMISSIBLE’

January 24, 2015: The Government of Japan released an opinion poll showing 80.3 percent of respondents considered the death penalty a “permissible” sanction, and just 9.7 percent of them felt it should be abolished.
The rate remained high, apparently reflecting respondents’ views that the feelings of crime victims and their relatives should be taken into account, and that serious offenders should receive the harshest punishment, the Cabinet Office poll, conducted every five years, indicated.
The proportion of respondents who felt the death penalty is permissible stood at 85.6 percent in the previous poll conducted in 2009, and at 81.4 percent in the 2004 poll.
In the latest poll, conducted on 3,000 adults under an interview format from 13 November to 23, respondents were asked whether they thought the death penalty was “permissible.” In the previous polls, participants were asked whether they thought capital punishment was “permissible in some cases” only.
When asked to cite their reasons, and with multiple answers allowed, 53.4 percent of those who deemed capital punishment permissible said the victims’ anger could never ease if the system was abolished and offenders were allowed to live. Another 52.9 percent replied that perpetrators of heinous crimes should pay with their life.
Among those opposed to the death penalty, 46.6 percent cited potential miscarriages of justice and 41.6 percent said offenders should be kept alive to atone for their crimes.
Respondents in the latest poll were for the first time asked whether they would support the abolition of capital punishment if Japan introduced a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. The rate of those in favour came to 51.5 percent, against 37.7 percent who still wished to retain the death penalty. (Sources: japantimes.co.jp, 24/01/2015)

USA (DELAWARE): RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER 23 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
PAKISTAN: COURT GIVES 23 TIMES DEATH PENALTY TO 3 TALIBAN MILITANTS
OHIO (USA): ALL 2015 EXECUTIONS POSTPONED
TEXAS (USA): ROBERT LADD EXECUTED
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED, ONE OF THEM EXECUTED PUBLICLY FOUR WEEKS AFTER THE ARREST
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE BEHEADINGS ON SAME DAY
GEORGIA (USA): WARREN LEE HILL EXECUTED
INDIA: MUMBAI HIGH COURT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE OF SOLAPUR MAN WHO KILLED SON AND NIECE
IRAN: 19 PRISONERS HANGED IN TWO DAYS
SYRIA: ISIS PUBLICLY BEHEADED A MAN FOR 'INSULTING ALLAH'
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS HANGED IN HAMADAN
SAUDI ARABIA: CHILD RAPIST'S BEHEADING IS FIRST EXECUTION UNDER NEW KING
PAKISTAN: SUPERINTENDENT ADIALA JAIL REFUSES TO EXECUTE DEATH ROW CONVICT
EGYPT: 37 DEATH SENTENCES OVERTURNED IN CRITICIZED TRIAL
SAUDI ARABIA: 3 SRI LANKANS SENTENCED TO DEATH
KENYA: MAN SENTENCED TO HANG FOR MURDERING COUPLE
PAKISTAN: 95% IN FAVOUR DEATH PENALTY AFTER PESHAWAR MASSACRE
MALAYSIA: SOUTH AFRICAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR METH TRAFFICKING
INDIA: ENGINEER SENTENCED TO DEATH
TEXAS (USA): ARNOLD PRIETO EXECUTED
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS HANGED PUBLICLY
SRI LANKA: RATNAPURA HIGH COURT SENTENCES THREE INDIVIDUALS TO DEATH
SOUTHEAST ASIA: UN RIGHTS OFFICE APPEALS FOR HALT IN EXECUTIONS FOR DRUG CRIMES
SAUDI ARABIA: CITIZEN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
NETHERLANDS: COURT BLOCKS EXTRADITION TO U.S. OVER TORTURE CONCERNS
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI HEROIN SMUGGLER BEHEADED IN MECCA
GAZA: DEATH SENTENCE ISSUED FOR MURDER
IRAN: YOUNG MAN HANGED FOR MURDER
VIETNAM: 8 DRUG CONVICTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE MORE BEHEADINGS

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