Japanese People's Attitude towards Death Penalty and Criminal Justice

[Speaker] Watamura, Eiichiro:1
1:University of Tokyo (Japan)

This report analyzes the survey data collected from 530 Japanese adults in October 2014 about their attitude toward the capital punishment system. The data show that more than 80% of respondents consider the death penalty necessary; 98% of these believe that the capital punishment system should be maintained in future. This conservative attitude was not influenced by any assumption that life imprisonment would be introduced as an alternative to the death penalty, suggesting that Japanese people support the existing system specifically. They conclude that keeping violent prisoners alive is a waste of money, a view common in other countries maintaining the death penalty. The more deeply-rooted factor, however, is the uniquely Japanese moral sense that a death should be compensated with a death.
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