The perennial debate on the death penalty again reared its head with Cesar Chelala’s excellent April 11 article. But I fear that his exhortations will once again fall on the deaf ears of those who kill in the name of the state, both in Japan and in the United States.
Chelala tells us that, in a 2009 survey in Japan, 86 percent of the population supported the death penalty. Yet, no one apparently asked these people the obvious followup question: why?
Excerpt from: The hunt for Japan’s civilization
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