Skip to comments.Japan: Gangster, arson-murderer hanged
Posted on 08/29/2014 6:08:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Gangster, arson-murderer hanged
Crime Aug. 29, 2014 - 03:00PM JST ( 16 )
Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.
The executions came days before Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet amid speculation that he will appoint a new justice minister, whose approval is needed for any sentence to be carried out.
I ordered the executions after careful consideration, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters
(Excerpt) Read more at japantoday.com ...
Apparently arson-murder is lumped together in Japan. I remember watching a Japanese TV cop show based in the Arson-Murder division of the department.
If you think about it, that makes sense, in a place where many of the structures are built of quick burning paper and bamboo, arson frequently ends up as murder anyway.
Didn’t know Japan still did executions.
Yes, arson is almost WORSE than murder in Japan - it is intent to destroy life, property, and has the potential to kill others as well. This thinking does come from before WWII, when almost all houses were made of wood.
Also, Japan executes by hanging. Three policemen walk in, press three buttons simultaneously, and the execution occurs. It’s to insure that the police don’t know who killed the prisoner.
Sounds like an import that would see a lot of use here if it weren’t for the liberal judges and lawmakers.
I did not know that either. I’ll bet Japan’s system of imposing the death penalty is....ah...more “streamlined” than its American counterpart.
Also, one does not normally think of Japan as a hotbed of violent crime.
From what I have read, Japan has an unusual method of administering the death penalty. The condemned is never told when the execution is scheduled to take place until shortly before it does. He (or she) might wait years living with the thought that the next day or hour might be their last. I am not sure, but I believe that the actual date is set by the warden. Perhaps it is based on a perception that the condemned is “ready”, but that just speculation. At the appointed time, the condemned is lead into a tastefully paneled, but otherwise bland, cubical room with a trapdoor at the center. He is haltered and noosed and drooped through the floor into the next world.
No silliness with him going to sleep peacefully. Although the room where they hang people in Japan is quite nice.
They do indeed. They seldom need to, because the crime rate is astonishingly low. (Perhaps the two are related.)
Taiwan executes as well, but perhaps not for long. There was a case there a few years ago in which a man was executed for raping and murdering a small girl, and it's now universally acknowledged he didn't do it. (The president apologized to his family.)
Japan doesn’t have a lot of crime period. Merchants put products for sale on the sidewalk and leave them unattended. Parents let 7 year olds ride the subway by themselves. It has to do with a law abiding, homogeneous society and a great deal of crime is committed by foreigners.
There was an incident several years ago where a band form a traditionally black college visited Japan. The took notice of the unguarded sidewalk items and stole so much merchandise, that the police stopped the plane from leaving and ordered all the people off and searched them for the merchandise.
And that sounds like a good way to deal with murderers. Let them live in their cells never knowing when the end is coming.
Parents let 7 year olds ride the subway by themselves.
And that sounds like a good way to deal with murderers. Let them live in their cells never knowing when the end is coming
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Isn’t that cruel and unusual punishment?
I certainly hope an s/ isn’t necessary .....
“Like the inmate walking his way to ‘Old Sparky’ and his cellmates are bidding him adieu...
“More power to ya Andy” was one of the more better ones.
(**more better is acceptable since we are speaking of Japan**)
It used to be that way in the US. I remember when I was 5 walking to the store with my 6 y.o. sister by ourselves to get candy.
Thanks for the thread. I get all my news from FR ( and then follow up on controversial issues for fact checking the libs ). I rarely read the local Japanese papers or watch TV.
That is true. There is virtually no crime here. This is a wonderful country, but you have to have the personality for it. I’ve heard horror stories of foreigners that “just can’t get it” and go batsshit crazy. This mostly relates to English teachers. The other foreign professionals I know also love it here as much as I do, as well as the majority of the English teachers I have met.