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Capital Punishment in Japan

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I dont think its common knowledge but capital punishment is legal in Japan. Executions are carried out by hanging.

The most recent executions were carried out last August of three men who were found guilty of multiple murders and robbery.

The following description from Wikipedia - turn away if you don't want the details.

Executions are carried out by hanging in a death chamber within the Detention Centre. When a death order has been issued, the condemned prisoner is informed in the morning of his or her execution. The condemned is given their choice of the last meal.
The prisoner's family and legal representatives are never informed until afterwards. Consequently, there is no possibility of a final meeting.

Before the condemned prisoner is blindfolded, he or she is allowed to leave a last message if he or she so wishes, then led to the death chamber. The noose is put in place and the prisoner's knees tied together. The trap-door of the gallows is operated remotely from a separate room: three to five selected prison officers each press a switch, only one of which is wired to the trap-door release.
Afterwards, the prisoner's family is informed the execution has occurred and they may collect the body. A brief notice of the execution is issued to the media but the identity of the prisoner is withheld – it will only become publicly known if the family chooses to inform the media.

I've heard in the past things like "kill the murders - why should tax payers fork out to keep them alive." Also heard that there are many human rights movements to get rid of capital punishment.
Does your region carry out capital punishment and do you agree? I know that electrocutions are carried out but not sure where.
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