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Monday, August 24, 2015, 13:30 - 15:00

Press Conference with Documentary: "The Wavering Public? The Death Penalty, Justice, and Public Opinion"
Mai Sato
Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English
*13:30-14:00 Presentation and Q&A / 14:00-15:00 Screening

 Although a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Japan – unbeknownst to many – retains the death penalty. The official justification for retaining the death penalty is strong public support. But how much does the public really know about the death penalty, and to what extent are they really committed to retention?

 This event will take a look at past and present underlying currents in public opinion towards the death penalty. An analysis of Japanese government data from 1967 to 2014, and of new polls conducted by the authors, reveals that contrary to the government's claim that abolition is not possible because of an 80 percent support rate for the death penalty, the Japanese public is more discerning and is, in fact, largely ready for abolition. Please join us for what should be a lively debate on a controversial topic.

 Mai Sato holds a PhD from the School of Law, King's College London. She currently works at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, and at the Institute for Criminal Policy, Birkbeck, University of London.Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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