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7 death row Aum cult members moved from Tokyo detention center

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FINALLY, after more than 20 years the sentences have been finalized and closure can come for all the victims, their families, and the country as a whole!

I am not an advocate of the death penalty, however there are cases, in my opinion, where it serves a purpose, and THIS is one. I highly doubt these people can be rehabilitated back into society, many if not all were rather well educated and KNEW what they were doing!

They have been living off the taxpayers money long enough. It's time to end it!

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people like them do not need to live in the society i wonder why they had to keep them this long before execution, they are heartless.

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Sayonara!

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Gas vice Hanging is more approbate way to end their lives on earth.

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The death penalty needs to be abolished in Japan.

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"members of the doomsday cult" "that left 29 people dead"

SMH a very dangerous innocent public suffering.

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I did not know my city had the ability for the procedure. * Fukuoka.

Judging from past executions. It will be done and over with quickly.

This type of punishment is not something you are in support of or not.

You either support it or you do not. I fully support it. These animals committed a heinous terrorist attack on

unsuspecting Japanese citizens going to work. Using an agonizing gas.

Kniknaknokkaer Said it best.

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Painted,

“i wonder why they had to keep them this long before execution”

Because they were possibly needed to testify in other related court cases. Now that the the final wanted members have been arrested and their trials have been completed, there is no longer any need to keep them alive for that purpose.

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Hanging is from another century

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20 years of appeal have been happening because they all received death sentences. If they had instead received life sentences without parole they would have already been in the general populations in prison which economically are much cheaper than detaining convicts on death row for years and decades and decades.

Even if their executions go ahead it will take many decades to kill them all. The former leader Chizuo Matsumoto will just be kept in his death row cell until the authorities have decided he has been punished enough for his crimes and then hung. He could just die before then.

The death row detention centers are outside of the regulations covering prisons and in each one the governor decides how its run.

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Barbaric and outdated, the death penalty is unbecoming of a supposedly "advanced" country.

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@zichi

Thank you, for pointing that out. I am tired of people saying they don't want to "waste their taxes" when the death penalty costs more in the end.

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EU has a strong anti-capital punishment policy and will not sign FTAs with countries that maintain death penalty.

If Japan mass executes Aum followers now, then the EU-Japan FTA is doomed.

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These terrorists deserve execution

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The majority of the world's countries no longer have capital punishment and are very much in a minority ever decreasing year-on-year. 58 countries maintain the death penalty but 95% of all known executions in 2007 were carried out in only six countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Pakistan and Iraq.

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One Japanese lawyer I talked to said that every morning prisoners on death row are extremely nervous about whether today is the day they're to be hanged. As the morning approaches noon they breathe a sigh of relief only to relive the whole experience the next morning and the next, etc., etc. Those on death row never know until the morning of the execution.

I don't feel any sympathy for these killers, but it'd be really weird to live through the exact same stream of emotions and anxiety every morning. Kind of like that movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.

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Judging from past executions. It will be done and over with quickly.

Judging from history here, I can tell you know little of how things are here. It could be sooner, but more likely later, or never, and they die in prison.

I'd be willing to bet that more people die here on death row, rather than by having their sentences carried out. Or it's at least 50/50.

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Most executions were carried out on a Friday when there's no Diet in sitting so no politician can question but I noticed the last one wasn't in a Friday. Survive Friday and they'll survive another week in their tiny hellhole cell. Many strive for decades into very old age, one convict died recently. There are about 120 death row inmates and if executed at 10/year would still take 12 years to clear it.

Iwao Hakamada, who had been imprisoned for 48 years, mostly on death row was released in 2014. The 78-year-old man was the world's longest-serving death row inmate. At the end of those 48 years he had lost his mind.

A problem with the death penalty is its final and can't be reversed.

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Zichi,

“The majority of the world's countries no longer have capital punishment and are very much in a minority ever decreasing year-on-year.”

I don’t think you write what you intended to here. As is, this sentence makes no sense.

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Big blue sheets lmao.

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Executions will not bring back the victims.

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Educator60

sorry yes, trying to do too many tasks at once. So again,

The majority of the world's countries no longer have capital punishment and those who do, are very much in a minority. The number of countries which have abolished it are increasing year-on-year.

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Zichi,

That’s what I thought you meant.

Happy tasking :-)

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Their time in the Tokyo Detention House will seem like a hotel compared with their life in a death cell without knowing when the day will come when it will end.

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Maybe they are planning to execute them all on the same day which is why they are spread to different execution facilities

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It's absolutely amazing that no one has remarked on the the timing of this move of Aum

members from the Tokyo Detention House. Coinciding neatly with the 'Moritomo scandal'

and questions about Prime Minister Abe and Finance Minister Aso's honesty, this move

is clearly meant to deflect the public's attention. Cynical politicians!

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mark901, “It's absolutely amazing that no one has remarked on the the timing of this move of Aum”

Maybe because there is nothing fishy about the timing whatsoever. It’s merely coincided with the recent ending of the final related trials. Just because there is a political scandal happening doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to stop moving so that it can’t be construed as a purposeful distraction.

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“Maybe they are planning to execute them all on the same day which is why they are spread to different execution facilities”

I heard one expert comment that they are being moved to locations that will facilitate easier last visits from family etc.

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mark901

It's absolutely amazing that no one has remarked on the the timing of this move of Aum members from the Tokyo Detention House.

They are being moved because the appeals have been finalized and since most were tried at the same time they'll finish about the same time too.

That is the procedure and probably also because of the various budgets. What I understand is that the detention houses/centers are made of the NPA budget. Those in prisons are made for out the prison budget. The death row prisons are separate from the prison system and have their own budgets.

Educator60

I heard one expert comment that they are being moved to locations that will facilitate easier last visits from family etc.

No definitely not. The death row inmates have no rights whatsoever. Even with the more normal death row convicts are disowned by their families for their own sakes and survivals. Even more so with these murderous AUM members. It impossible for them to have visits and even their lawyers have a hard time getting access to their clients.

Inmates are held in solitary confinement and are forbidden to communicate with their fellows. They are permitted two periods of exercise a week, are not allowed televisions and may only possess three books. Prisoners are not allowed to exercise within their own cells. Prison visits, both by family members and legal representatives, are infrequent and closely supervised.

https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/a-look-at-life-on-death-row-in-japan

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If they wanted to be cost effective with the executions. They would build an air tight room with multiple holding tables lining the room then suck all the oxygen from the room that way the kill the most number of death row inmates while lowering the cost of the executions.

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GoodlucktoyouToday

Hanging is from another century

so was their crime

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Zichi,

You are describing the typical days of typical death row inmates. You also can’t know for sure if all families have cut off all contact with members on death row. In fact there have been cases where family members have fought for years for retrials etc. Last visits by family members may not be publicized as they are in the US for instance, but that doesn’t mean they never happen.

By the way, not a family member but Anthony Tu has visited Nakagawa 14 times.

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Executions will not bring back the victims.

No but it will at least end their free ride on my tax money for their crimes!

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It's refreshing to see the privacy curtain the police provided. Amerikan media would report unidentified un- substantiated sources as telling them those weren't the actual prisoners... that in turn justifying an origional TV mini-series based on the cults oppression. Refreshing indeed.

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