Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Japan will be the first by a pontiff in 38 years. Photo: AFP

Japan’s death penalty activists hope Pope Francis’ visit helps make the case for abolition

  • Polls indicate support for the death penalty, with about 80 per cent of Japanese considering it an effective deterrent and appropriate punishment
  • Iwao Hakamada spent 48 years on death row after being wrongly convicted of murder. His case offers a vivid example of the risks of the death penalty
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Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Japan will be the first by a pontiff in 38 years. Photo: AFP
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA
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Craig Mark

Abe is Japan’s longest-serving PM. Is that the extent of his legacy?

  • The premier has broken a century-old record for political longevity – but despite domestic comebacks and foreign policy wins, a succession of scandals and his mixed results with the economy will live long in the memory

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA
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