A survey conducted on 29,364 Japanese people, asking for their opinion on death penalty, showed that 85.2 percent of them are in favor of death penalty, while 14.9 percent stand against it.
The survey was made by Research Panel website on February 22, one day after Japan hanged three convicts for murders, with Amnesty International and the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations stating such measures are “unacceptable”.
The survey’s results are similar to those of the surveys conducted by major newspapers on their subscribers. 91.1 percent of Sankei’s readers support death penalty, as well as 88.1 percent of Yomiuri’s readers, 86.2 percent of Nikkei’s readers and 84.1 percent of Mainichi’s readers.
“Keeping violent criminals alive is a waste of tax revenue” and ” If a loved one was killed in cold blood, it is only natural to want them to pay with their life” are some of the comments made by the readers who support executions.
On the other hand, the readers who stand against death penalty give reasons such as: “Taking another person’s life for any reason is still murder” and “I think crime has not slowed down with the existence of the death penalty.”
There are now 134 inmates on death row in Japan, one of the highest levels in decades, according to Amnesty International. Japanese prisoners are usually announced only a few hours before execution, while some do not receive any warning at all. Their families are typically notified about the execution only after it has taken place.
However, current Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki has no intentions of making any changes saying “it is not necessary to review the issue at this time.”