May 25, 2013
A young man in Kanagawa Prefecture always gets nervous when he sees a headline about an execution in Japan. He fears that Sumitoshi Tsuda has been sent to the gallows.
March 13, 2013
A British-based NGO has taken issue with the Japanese government's contention that 85 percent of the population support the death penalty.
March 02, 2013
News reports of a death sentence for a woman who was routinely subjected to domestic violence before killing her husband is causing an uproar in China.
February 21, 2013
Japan hanged three convicted murderers on Feb. 21 in the first executions since the conservative administration led by Shinzo Abe swept to power in December.
January 23, 2013
Documents obtained from the Ministry of Justice reveal details of executions carried out in recent years—including cases of lengthy delays and clerical errors—but fail to...
December 31, 2012
There were 133 prisoners on death row across Japan at year's end, the most in more than half a century, figures show.
November 28, 2012
Government opinion polls on the death penalty consistently show overwhelming public support for the process, which is by hanging.
September 27, 2012
A faith healer who beat six followers to death was hanged on Sept. 27, making her only the fourth woman to be executed in Japan since 1950, the Justice Ministry said.
August 13, 2012
Japan might turn to a new method for executing death row prisoners amid criticism that hanging, which has been used for more than 130 years, is a cruel and painful punishment...
June 28, 2012
Quite a few flexibly minded people go into serious professions, but the ability to maintain that suppleness of thinking after a career in important posts is more unusual.
June 09, 2012
Hiroto Oyama recalls his feelings of hatred, his homelessness and his suicide attempts after his mother was murdered in 2000. He also says he understands why people would want...
February 25, 2012
BEIJING--Producers and sellers of "gutter oil," made from garbage and waste oil, could face the death penalty, Chinese authorities have warned.
February 22, 2012
Although he finally achieved justice for his slain wife and their baby girl, Hiroshi Motomura doesn't see himself as winning the 13-year court fight to get the death penalty...
February 21, 2012
Were it not for a tragedy that occurred 13 years ago, Hiroshi Motomura, 35, probably would have remained unknown to most of us.
February 07, 2012
A citizens group calling for the abolition of capital punishment is now screening 10 films with the death penalty as the theme at the Eurospace theater in Tokyo’s Shibuya...
November 22, 2011
All the trials for the series of crimes perpetrated by the Aum Shinrikyo cult are now over.
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