Day: September 22, 2020

Book review: 『誰も知らない死刑の舞台裏』 by Shoji Kondo

Introduction Title: 『誰も知らない死刑の舞台裏』 (だれもしらない しけいのぶたいうら)Author: Shoji Kondo (近藤昭二)Published by 二見レインボー文庫 (Futami Rainbow Bunko)292 pages. Shoji Kondo is a journalist, author and scriptwriter. He is the representative of the NPO法人731部隊・細菌戦資料センター, an NPO that works on revealing the atrocities committed in Unit 731, as well as establishing Japan’s responsibility and build a better relationship with China. (source) Review I have been wanting to learn more about death penalty in Japan since I learnt that death row inmates are informed of their execution date the very morning of their execution. I was very shocked when I read this for the first time, I had to double and triple check online, because it just did not seem possible to me. When I found out that the family of the person executed was notified of the execution only after it had been carried out, I was even more shocked if possible. I know that public opinion in Japan is massively for the death penalty, but at the same time, it seems difficult to find information about the system, like the daily …