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The Death Penalty in Japan

Will the Public Tolerate Abolition?

Sato, Mai

2014, XX, 235 p. 25 illus.

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Mai Sato examines public attitudes to the death penalty in Japan, focusing on knowledge and attitudinal factors relating to support for, and opposition to, the death penalty. She uses a mixed-method approach and mounts quantitative and qualitative surveys to assess Japanese death penalty attitudes. The author’s main findings show that death penalty attitudes are not fixed but fluid. Information has a significant impact on reducing support for the death penalty while retributive attitudes are associated with support. This book offers a new conceptual framework in understanding the death penalty without relying on the usual human rights approach, which can be widely applied not just to Japan but to other retentionist countries.



·         Public Attitudes towards the Death Penalty

·         Critical Examination of the Japanese Government Survey

·         Experimental Survey Examining the Impact of Information on Support for the Death Penalty



Target Groups

·         Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, law, political sciences, criminology, socio-legal studies, Japan studies and Asian studies

·         NGOs, policymakers, civil society




The Author

Mai Sato completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2011. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London, and a Research Officer at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Death penalty - Human rights - Public opinion - Survey methods - Tolerance

Related subjects » Soziologie

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