Retrials Granted!

Haraguchi Case!

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90 year old Ayako Haraguchi granted appeal. Released from prison in 1990, she seeks complete vindication. (More)

Matsubayashi Case!

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New trial granted for 84 year old convicted of murder in 1986. (More)

Former nurse to be retried.

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Mika Nishiyama, coerced into a confession in 2004 to receive a retrial. (More)


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Welcome to the Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center.
Michael H. Fox

Death Penalty
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Execution Watch 2017
Hangings = 4
July 13/Dec 19 (
Current death row population = 124
View the list
Total Executions
today = 112


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The Sayama Case:
Any End in Sight?

The Sayama case is perhaps Japan's most infamous case of wrongful conviction and injustice. Originally arrested in 1962, Kazuo Ishikawa ( at left) was paroled in 1994. His conviction for rape and murder remains intact. This case galvanized the Buraku liberation movement. JIADEP advisor David McNeil (right) interviewed Ishikawa about his experience. ( More)

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Double Jeopardy!

Travesty of Justice!
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From "Not Guilty" to"12 Years".

Verdicts of not-guilty in Japan are routinely appealed. Sachio Sekiguchi (left), in a jury trial, was found not guilty of carrying controlled substances into Japan from Canada. The appeals court reversed the verdict and sentenced Sekiguchi to 12 years. After reversal, he created some YouTube videos discussing his case ….in English! (Warning: contains adult language) (View)


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

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