About this book
Mai Sato examines public attitudes to the death penalty in Japan, focusing on knowledge and attitudinal factors relating to support for, and opposition to, the death penalty. She uses a mixed-method approach and mounts quantitative and qualitative surveys to assess Japanese death penalty attitudes. The author’s main findings show that death penalty attitudes are not fixed but fluid. Information has a significant impact on reducing support for the death penalty while retributive attitudes are associated with support. This book offers a new conceptual framework in understanding the death penalty without relying on the usual human rights approach, which can be widely applied not just to Japan but to other retentionist countries.
· Public Attitudes towards the Death Penalty
· Critical Examination of the Japanese Government Survey
· Experimental Survey Examining the Impact of Information on Support for the Death Penalty
· Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, law, political sciences, criminology, socio-legal studies, Japan studies and Asian studies
· NGOs, policymakers, civil society
Mai Sato completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2011. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London, and a Research Officer at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.
- Book Title The Death Penalty in Japan
- Book Subtitle Will the Public Tolerate Abolition?
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-00678-5
- Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
- Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
- eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-658-00677-8
- eBook ISBN 978-3-658-00678-5
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XX, 235
- Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Social Sciences, general
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From the book reviews:“The objective of this book is to challenge, using empirical research, the Japanese government’s argument that it cannot abolish the death penalty because the vast majority of Japanese people are support it. … the book is essential reading for all those with an interest in issues surrounding the death penalty and surveys of public opinion. It is sure to cause a major stir in debate over the death penalty in Japan.” (Koichi Hamai, Social Science Japan Journal, Vol. 18 (1), January, 2015)