NEW: Petition Calling for A Moratorium on Executions for 2 years: 2019~2020.

In May of this year-2019-a new emperor will be enthroned. In 2020, Japan will host several international events, particularly, the Tokyo summer olympics. JIADEP and many other groups and individuals hope that in celebration, amnesties and commutations will be issued, and that no hangings occur. We ask conscientious citizens around the world to join in our movement. The petition can be signed at:

Protest at Tokyo High Court
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Takuya Katsumata, originally a suspect in the murder of a 7 year old little girl, voluntarily gave a DNA sample and was disqualified as a suspect in 2005. In 2014, more than 8 years after the incident, while in custody for another crime, Katsumata was coerced into a confession to the cold case.

Takuya Katsumata
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Retrials Granted!

Hinocho Case!

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Court grants retrial to deceased defendant previously sentenced to life!(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)



Hakamada Case!

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Iwao Hakamada is the world's longest surviving death row prisoner. In a shocking decision, the Tokyo High Court overturns a retrial decision. ( More )
Innocence Overturned

Political Case

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Japan's youngest mayor, found innocent of bribery charges, is declared guilty upon appeal. ( More )

Nabari Case

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Declared innocent in 1964, later sentenced to death, former death row inmate (who died in prison in 2015) Masaru Okunishi's 10th petition for retrial is rejected. ( More )

Progressive Newspaper Editor:

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Yoichi Yamada, (left) editor of the very progressive Jinmin Shinbun, was arrested on November 21 and is being detained without bail in Kobe city. Trial begins Feb 16! (More)


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Welcome to the Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center.

Michael H. Fox


Contact / 連絡先

Death Penalty
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Execution Watch 2019
Hangings = 0
Current death row population = 112
View the list
Total Executions
today = 127

Issues / Data Bank



The Sayama Case: Any End in Sight?

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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)
Travesty of Justice!

Double Jeopardy!

From "Not Guilty" to "12 Years".

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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)


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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