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The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition? (Paperback)
  • The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition? (Paperback)

The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition? (Paperback)

Paperback 235 Pages / Published: 15/11/2013
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This book examines public attitudes to the death penalty in Japan, focusing on knowledge and trust-based attitudinal factors relating to support for, and opposition to, the death penalty. A mixed-method approach was used. Quantitative and qualitative surveys were mounted to assess Japanese death penalty attitudes. The 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 replying on the usual human rights approach, which can be widely applied not just to Japan but to other retentionist countries.

Publisher: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
ISBN: 9783658006778
Number of pages: 235
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 15 mm
Edition: 2014 ed.


From the book reviews:

"The objective of this book is to challenge, using empirical research, the Japanese government's argument that it cannot abolish the death penalty because the vast majority of Japanese people are support it. ... the book is essential reading for all those with an interest in issues surrounding the death penalty and surveys of public opinion. It is sure to cause a major stir in debate over the death penalty in Japan." (Koichi Hamai, Social Science Japan Journal, Vol. 18 (1), January, 2015)

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