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Japan: Minister must not cave in to pressure on death penalty

Headline Title:  Japan minister urged not to back execution 28 October 2011 Japan’s justice minister should not sign execution warrants, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network said today, following the minister’s announcement that he does not intend to end capital punishment, despite saying last month that he would not approve executions.Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka said Friday he would look at each death row case individually, after a prominent politician reportedly had encouraged him to exercise his power to authorize executions.“After showing reluctance…

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