Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Japan sentences cult leader to death

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:58 AM
Original message
Japan sentences cult leader to death
http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/02/28/japan_sentences_cult_leader_to_death/

TOKYO -- The former leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult was sentenced yesterday to hang for masterminding a crime spree that culminated in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed 27 people and brought modern terrorism to one of the world's safest nations.

=========

I did not know that Japan had capital puninshment
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:05 AM
Response to Original message
1. while I opose the death penalty,,,
I have to admit I wont lose any sleep tonight after hearing this...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
American Renaissance Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:43 AM
Response to Reply #1
3. death by old age
The odds of actually being executed in Japan after being sentanced to death are practically nil. And it seems to be almost completely random.

There are only a few executions before each cabinate shuffle, I guess they don't want to set a precident of a justice minister not hanging anyone.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:07 AM
Response to Reply #3
6. Not really random
Executions in Japan are based on the heinousness of the crime. Most of the death row inmates who have been executed recently have been mass/serial murderers.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Vas Liz Donating Member (82 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:14 AM
Response to Original message
2. JPN
Uses cap punishment VERY VERY rarely.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:03 AM
Response to Reply #2
5. Last year, there was one execution in Japan
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 02:17 AM by Art_from_Ark
It was of a man who had killed three people in two different incidents, including a mother and her child. The execution was conducted at the Osaka Penitentiary, the first time since 1995 that an execution had taken place there.

The previous year, there were two executions, one each at Fukuoka and Nagoya, on the same day.

http://www.mainichi.co.jp/news/selection/archive/200309/12/20030912k0000e040051003c.html

The Fukuoka inmate was convicted of abducting and murdering a college student with three collaborators. He had also engineered an escape from the prison in 1996. The Nagoya inmate was convicted of murdering a family of three.

Those were the first executions in Japan since December 2001.

http://www.cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp/~tamura/shinntya02-05.htm

According to Amnesty International Japan, there have been 43 (updated to 44 to include the Osaka inmate) executions in Japan since the death penalty moratorium was lifted in 1993.

http://www.incl.ne.jp/ktrs/aijapan/2002/020906.htm

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:02 AM
Response to Original message
4. only 3 "industrialized" countries have capital punishment
the US, Japan and South Korea. It is extremely rare in Japan, I don't know how common it is in South Korea. However it is worth pointing out federal executions in the US are also extremely rare as well.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
chenGOD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:55 AM
Response to Reply #4
10. In South Korea...
There have been no executions since 1997, the year kim Dae-Jung became president. Current president Roh Moo-Hyun has continued the moratorium on executions, although there are a number of prisoners on death row (I don't know the exact numbers, sorry).
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 06:53 AM
Response to Original message
7. I didn't even know that Japan had the death penalty...eom
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
militarymanusaf Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:01 AM
Response to Original message
8. I was in Japan at the time of the subway attack,
and it really shocked everyone...in a similar way to how we were all shocked on 9/11.

The crime rate in Japan is nearly zero, and the thought of killing several innocent people is extremely rare.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Zech Marquis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:43 AM
Response to Reply #8
9. if there's anyone who deserves to be executed
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 08:44 AM by Zech Marquis
it's Matsumoto by a long shot. Just the thought of how many MORE peple could have died that day scares me, even now :scared:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 09:31 AM
Response to Reply #9
12. You think you're scared?
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 09:33 AM by Art_from_Ark
I had ridden the Chiyoda Line of the Tokyo subway, where one of the attacks occurred, a couple of days before:scared:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 09:26 AM
Response to Reply #8
11. A big difference between the subway attack and 9-11
besides the obvious differences in loss of life and financial damage, was the fact that the Japanese government did not go bonkers and start pushing through freedom-squelching "patriot" acts and the like, even though the subway attack was the work of domestic terrorists.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:00 AM
Response to Reply #11
13. Good point Art
But of course we have fascists in the WH so no surprise here.

Julie
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sun May 19th 2024, 11:56 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC