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13 HANGINGS in JULY

7 hangings on July 6 = new postwar record for executions in a single day.

Reportage / JIADEP/CPR Letters (x2) of Protest to the Minister of Justice!

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FRAMED!

Takuya Katsumata, originally a suspect in the murder of a 7 year old little girl, voluntarily gave a DNA sample and was disqualified as a suspect in 2005. In 2014, more than 8 years after the incident, while in custody for another crime, Katsumata was coerced into a confession to the cold case.

Takuya Katsumata
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Retrials Granted!

Hinocho Case!

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Court grants retrial to deceased defendant previously sentenced to life!(More)

Matsubayashi Case!

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New trial granted for 84 year old convicted of murder in 1986. (More)

Former nurse to be retried.

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Mika Nishiyama, coerced into a confession in 2004 to receive a retrial. (More)


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INJUSTICES:

RETRIAL REJECTED

Hakamada Case!

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Iwao Hakamada is the world's longest surviving death row prisoner. In a shocking decision, the Tokyo High Court overturns a retrial decision. ( More )
Innocence Overturned

Political Case

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Japan's youngest mayor, found innocent of bribery charges, is declared guilty upon appeal. ( More )
RETRIAL REJECTED

Nabari Case

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Declared innocent in 1964, later sentenced to death, former death row inmate (who died in prison in 2015) Masaru Okunishi's 10th petition for retrial is rejected. ( More )
CONVICTED

Progressive Newspaper Editor:
Arrested.

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Yoichi Yamada, (left) editor of the very progressive Jinmin Shinbun, was arrested on November 21 and is being detained without bail in Kobe city. Trial begins Feb 16! (More)

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Welcome to the Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center.

Michael H. Fox
Director

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Execution Watch 2018
Hangings = 13
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Current death row population = 112
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Total Executions
1993
today = 125

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Interview!

The Sayama Case: Any End in Sight?

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The Sayama case is perhaps Japan's most infamous case of wrongful conviction and injustice. Originally arrested in 1962, Kazuo Ishikawa ( at left) was paroled in 1994. His conviction for rape and murder remains intact. This case galvanized the Buraku liberation movement. JIADEP advisor David McNeil (right) interviewed Ishikawa about his experience. ( More)
Travesty of Justice!

Double Jeopardy!

From "Not Guilty" to "12 Years".

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Verdicts of not-guilty in Japan are routinely appealed. Sachio Sekiguchi (left), in a jury trial, was found not guilty of carrying controlled substances into Japan from Canada. The appeals court reversed the verdict and sentenced Sekiguchi to 12 years. After reversal, he created some YouTube videos discussing his case ….in English! (Warning: contains adult language) (View)



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PODCAST: The Death Penalty Information Center (Washington D.C) explores the death penalty in Japan in an interview with Michael H. Fox.

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