Aum cult leadership executions open door for more debate into death penalty – Japan Today

Aum executions open door for more debate into death penalty – Japan Today

TOKYO While the execution of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara and six of the group’s former senior members may have drawn the curtain on a string of crimes that shocked Japan, it opens the door for society to engage in further debate about the death penalty.

At a time when the global trend is toward abolishing capital punishment, Japan’s death penalty system has sparked international criticism, especially over the secrecy surrounding its executions, and prompted critics to push for its abolition.

Even so, Friday’s execution of the seven death row inmates reflected the Justice Ministry’s sensitivity not only to the feelings of victims and their families, but a strong public resentment against the deadly crimes perpetrated by him.

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