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More Japanese support the death penalty

U.S. liberals often hold up Japan as an example of a land where guns are outlawed and crime is low.

They're less likely to point out that Japan has the death penalty -- and over 80% of Japanese support it.

The Japan Times reports:

More than 81 percent of Japanese expressed support for the death penalty in a recent government survey, exceeding the 80 percent mark for the first time.

The rise appears to reflect deepening public alarm over a recent spate of serious crimes, including the kidnapping and murder of a girl in Nara.

The increase to 81.4 percent of respondents saying they support the death penalty was 2.1 percentage points higher than in the previous survey in November 1999, when the support figure was 79.3 percent.

Only 6.0 percent said the death penalty should be abolished, down 2.8 points from the 1999 poll.
Of course, no death penalty story would complete without a word from Amnesty International, which I thought was supposed to be concerned with political prisoners and human rights abuses, not people who have been convicted of heinous crimes after receiving due process:
The Justice Ministry says the death penalty has a certain degree of power to deter crime, but human rights watchdog Amnesty International Japan said the latest figure reflects a situation in which people have been spurred into anxiety over what they perceive as deteriorating security.

The group said there is no proof that the death penalty prevents crime.
Actually, there is. No executed criminal has ever committed another offense.


Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, have you read Kim du Toit's "Righteous Shootings" ( list of people who have shot and killed criminals in self-defense? Interesting, especially the number of elderly people who would otherwise have been mercilessly victimized. 

Posted by Comrade_Tovarich

Anonymous said...

I've read du Toit's blog a bit. He's a bit more aggressive in his style than I usually like, but he can be funny and makes good points. 

Posted by GaijinBiker

Anonymous said...

hah there is an entire blog decidated to civilians shooting crimals (I am the type of guy whose heart is warmed by such action).

these two are were i catch most information about such cases.

my opionon on the death penalty, i think it should be used sparingly. Giving the goverment the power of life and death is not somthing i feel comfortable with 

Posted by cube



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