ISSUES: Secrecy

One of the major criticisms of Japan's Death Penalty is the secrecy surrounding executions. Those deigned to be executed need not be told of the sentence till the day of the hanging.

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Many death row inmates want advance notice of execution
December 29, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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Regarding secrecy, the best article is

"
Japan's Secretive Death Penalty Policy"
by Professor David Johnson.
University of Hawaii

Upper House Lawmakers Inspect Death Chamber
Media not allowed to participate.
JDPIC Note: In California, not only is the death chamber easy to visit, members of the medial are allowed to photograph the death chamber.

High court rejects disclosure of design drawing of execution chamber Reasons include "disclosure will make it easier to help death row inmates break away or for outside people to break them out."