This paper examines public attitudes to the death penalty in Japan, and explores the validity of claims about «majority public support» that have been used by the Japanese government to justify retention. This is done by analyzing three public perception surveys on the legitimacy of the Japanese death penalty system. This paper criticizes the Japanese government for accepting its own survey results, which, at face value, appear to show support for the death penalty; moreover, it concludes that the Japanese public would likely endorse the abolition of the death penalty without damaging the legitimacy of state institutions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Put to the test: the Japanese government's handling of the death penalty|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2012|
- Death penalty