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Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases -NOT GUILTY!

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In a country with a conviction rate of 99%, decisions of not guilty are rare. But Japan has seen a tide of "not-guilty verdicts in SBS cases, including 2 in two days. Most neurological experts believe that SBS is a fabricated phenomena. The Japanese judiciary is taking note.


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Welcome to the Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center.

Michael H. Fox


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Death Penalty
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Execution Watch 2020
Hangings = 0
Current death row population = 111
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Total Executions
today = 130

Issues / Data Bank


The Death Penalty in 2020

Children who know.
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Children of those on death row and those already executed were the main theme of the World Day Against the Death Penalty. JIADEP interviewed C. Hayashi whose mother Masumi Hayashi is on death row. Prisons in the USA usually allow at least 2 hours for death row visits. How much time do you get in Japan?
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Mental Illness on Death Row.
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JIADEP's 2020 report on the death penalty. This year we probe the sensitive theme: execution of the mentally ill. Though the law forbids execution of those with 'diminished capacity,' quite a few prisoners awaiting execution have serious psychiatric disorders.
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Noteworthy Publications

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Noted scholar (and JIADEP advisor) David T. Johnson has compiled his incisive publications about the death penalty into a single book. And it is free! ( View )
American CPA Steven Gan ran a successful debt collection business. Strictly speaking, only lawyers are allowed to collect debts. The authorities turned a blind eye, and then one day the walls came crashing down. ( More )

"Gangsters and foreigners have no rights."

Former prosecutor Hiroshi Ichikawa, who was removed from office for beating a suspect, candidly divulges interrogation room policy and techniques.



JIADEP is in partnership with the worldwide movement to abolish capital punishment.

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PODCAST: The Death Penalty Information Center (Washington D.C) explores the death penalty in Japan in an interview with Michael H. Fox.

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