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Mai Sato on the death penalty in Japan in the lead up to the Olympics

14th May 2019

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Mai is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Before joining RegNet in February 2019, Mai worked for the School of Law, University of Reading; the Centre for Criminology, the University of Oxford

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RegNet Fellow, Mai Sato has been quoted in the Diplomat on the use of the death penalty in Japan, particularly in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics.

The Japanese government use an annual public survey to justify the continued use of the death penalty, however, as Mai points out, there are many qualifiers to this support.

“Japanese people know very little about the death penalty which makes support based on ignorance, the lack of information or misinformation…There are arguments that Japan isn’t really ready to move toward abolition but that isn’t the case. The retentionists would accept abolition if the government were to show leadership.”

As Sato notes in the article, though Japan signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1978, it is no closer to abolition of the death penalty.

Read the entire article on The Diplomat.

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