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    Japan executes four people: officials

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    Interesting that with all of the times I have heard anti-death penalty activists claim that the US is the only industrial democracy that has the death penalty, ALL THREE of east Asia's industrial democracies (Japan, Rep. of Korea, and Taiwan) all maintain use of the death penalty.

    TOKYO (AFP) Japan on Thursday hanged four convicted murderers, officials said, carrying out the country's first executions of the year despite international criticism.
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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    What ever happened to Bushido?
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    I actually didn't know that Japan had the death penalty.
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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    What ever happened to Bushido?

    Actually that ritual suicide is called Seppuku. A the female version of it is called Jigai.

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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Actually the ritual suicide is called Seppuku.
    I know that, but it was a part of the Samurai code of ethics known as Bushido.
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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I actually didn't know that Japan had the death penalty.
    All three industrial democracies in East Asia do. It is nothing new, but it receives comparatively little attention in the international press because it isn't used here with the frequency it is in the US.
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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I know that, but it was a part of the Samurai code of ethics known as Bushido.
    If it considered a honorable way of dying I would think criminals would be banned from such practice.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If it considered a honorable way of dying I would think criminals would be banned from such practice.
    True, but I was responding to a photo posted by another user.
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    Re: Japan executes four people: officials

    They don't receive the same amount of news, because it happens so rarely when compared the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and so on.
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