Japan Death Row Inmates Want Prior Warning
[An Nahar] Death row inmates in Japan want to be told of their execution in advance, instead of on the day they are to be hanged, a politician's survey said.
A majority of those sentenced to die would also like the present method of administering punishment to be reviewed, with the largest bloc saying their preferred choice would be lethal injection.
The survey was carried out by Mizuho Fukushima, deputy chairwoman of the nonpartisan Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, from September to November and was published Friday, Kyodo News reported.
It covered 133 people on death row, two of whom were executed at the end of September, taking this year's total in Japan to seven.
Of the 78 who replied, 51 said they wanted to know ahead of time that they would be put to death, with opinions varying from a day to a month in advance. Many said they wanted the chance to say goodbye to loved ones.
More than half said they wanted the state to think again about the method of execution, with 25 saying they wanted to die by lethal injection, the survey said.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-30