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Japanese Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Authors: Obara-Minnitt, Mika

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  • Offers a systematic study of the de facto moratorium periods in Japan’s capital punishment policy
  • Proposes an alternative analytical framework to examine the policy.
  • Investigates the social and political background of the case study period comprehensively in order to gain better understanding of how the Ministry of Justice had been justifying the capital punishment system, citing domestic factors.
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About this book

Offering a timely reanalysis of the issue of Japan’s capital punishment policy, this cutting edge volume considers the de facto moratorium periods in Japan’s death penalty system and proposes an alternative analytical framework to examine the policy. Addressing how the Ministry of Justice in Japan justified capital punishment policy during the de facto moratorium periods from 1989 to 1993, from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2012, the author debates the misconceptions surrounding the significance of these moratoriums.

The book evidences the approach, rationale and evolution of Japan’s Ministry of Justice in consistently justifying capital punishment policy during the different execution-free periods and provides a better understanding of the powerful unelected elite who actually drive the capital punishment system in Japan. Based on parliamentary proceedings, public opinion surveys and periodical reports by both international and domestic human rights NGOs as well as interviews of government ministers, NGO staff, pro- and anti-death-penalty advocates, this text is key reading for those interested in Japan, its government, criminal justice system and policies on the death penalty and human rights.

About the authors

Dr Mika Obara-Minnitt is Research Fellow at the Institute of Asian Cultural Studies, International Christian University, Japan. She is the co-author of The International Library of Essays on Capital Punishment, Volume II: Policy and Governance, and has taught international relations and political analysis at Loughborough University, UK. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Obara-Minnitt, Mika

  • The Two-Sided Triangle: Capital Punishment Policy Decision-Making—A Framework for Analysis

    Pages 11-77

    Obara-Minnitt, Mika

  • Governmental Justification for Capital Punishment and the De Facto Moratorium Periods Reconsidered

    Pages 79-133

    Obara-Minnitt, Mika

  • An Honourable Death? Governmental Justification for Capital Punishment 1980–1989

    Pages 135-161

    Obara-Minnitt, Mika

  • Conscience or Chaos?: Governmental Justification for Capital Punishment During the De Facto Moratorium Period 1989–1993

    Pages 163-175

    Obara-Minnitt, Mika

Buy this book

eBook ¥13,155
price for Japan (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55822-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover ¥16,444
price for Japan (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56530-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
Softcover ¥10,009
price for Japan (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-72008-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55822-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55822-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56530-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-72008-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 272
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