ISSUES: Life Without Parole (LWP)


Japan currently does not have a sentence of Life Without Parole. Apart from death, the strictest sentence is life imprisonment which in recent years has increased to a frightening 30+ years. Should LWP be instituted? To replace the death penalty, most would say yes. As an addition to the present criminal code, the Japan Bar says "No."


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Japan Federation of Bar Associations opposes introduction of life terms without parole (Nov '08)

Life Imprisonment sentences getting longer: Justice Ministry (July '08)

Life without parole finding support in Diet (July '08)

Alberto Stucki Story: Man who lost family urges life without parole.