JIADEP NOTE:

Pardons, Clemencies, Amnesties, etc have not been granted in Japan since the 1970's. This is a shame and the reason why they have fallen into hibernation is unknown. The authority to grant is based in two places in the constitution.


第1章 天 皇
第7条 天皇は、内閣の助言と承認により、国民のために、左の国事に関する行為を行ふ。

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.大赦、特赦、減刑、刑の執行の免除及び復権を認証すること。

Article 7:
The Emperor shall, with the advice and approval of the Cabinet, perform the following acts in matters of state on behalf of the people:
(6) Attestation of general and special amnesty, commutation of punishment, reprieve, and restoration of rights



第5章 内 閣
  第73 内閣は、他の一般行政事務の外、左の事務を行ふ。
  7.大赦、特赦、減刑、刑の執行の免除及び復権を決定すること。

Article 73:
The Cabinet shall, in addition to other general administrative functions, perform the following functions:
(7) Decide on general amnesty, special amnesty, commutation of punishment, reprieve, and restoration of rights.



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