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Wednesday, 23rd September 2009
In Events In Japan,

Justice minister 'scraps death penalty'

The arrival of a new justice minister in the Japanese government has led to an effective scrapping of the death penalty in the country.

While Keiko Chiba, who is a former member of the Japan Socialist Party, has not specifically announced whether or not she will authorise the execution of the 102 people on death row in the country, she has been an active campaigner against capital punishment for the past two decades.

Newly-sworn in prime minister Yukio Hatoyama announced that Chiba, 61, will be the new Japanese justice minister yesterday (September 22nd).

She is a lawyer and an active member of the Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

A recent report from Amnesty International warned that the isolation often seen on Japanese death row, as well as the many decades which some prisoners have spent waiting to be executed, leads to severe mental health issues among inmates.

Written by Susan Ballion.



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