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High court commutes death sentence for yakuza boss to life

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That was a missed chance to send a clear message to the Yakuza and their possible future members.

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I am anti death penalty and Japanese prisons are no picnic, so probably a net positive, in my view. Glad to hear the Kudo-kai membership is dropping so fast.

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I am anti death penalty and Japanese prisons are no picnic,

Compared to many prisons in the world they are a picnic. He is now going to get a free pass for the rest of his life at the taxpayers expense.

The Japanese public has no problem with the death penalty, it's not an issue!

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The article did not mention that when Nomura received the death sentence he threatened the judge.

https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/yakuza-leader%27s-threat-to-judge-shouldn%27t-be-taken-lightly

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Too scared to give him the death penalty! The world would be a better place without scum like him in it but, sadly there always seems to be another contender to take their place ..

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Even if one is anti-death penalty, this is bad news. The court's decision was made out of fear. No judge in a developed country should be in such fear for his or her life from criminals.

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This is a terrible news for good people to reduce the sentence of a horrible inhuman murderer. He has probably thousands of other crimes that aren’t cited. Disappointing.

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Returning a favor or, having missed the chance, hanging an old geezer wouldn't be good optics?

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That was a missed chance to send a clear message to the Yakuza and their possible future members.

Exactly!

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As others have mentioned, it seems the judge has made this reversal based on personal fear of gangsters in Japan.

Make no mistake : the yakuza are not a "nicer" form of gangster. They can and do attack and kill doctors, nurses, children, women - they have zero honor and no remorse.

I wish for the death of all Yakuza - from top level scum like Nomura, to the lowest, most junior members.

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YubaruToday  07:59 am JST

I am anti death penalty and Japanese prisons are no picnic, 

Compared to many prisons in the world they are a picnic. He is now going to get a free pass for the rest of his life at the taxpayers expense. 

The Japanese public has no problem with the death penalty, it's not an issue!

oh totally!Unless your the one innocently convicted. what was that boxers name? The Japanese guy convicted of murder…. And he was totally innocent? Hakamada?

he supposedly killed three people.

totally! No problem at all!

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Death penalty, life imprisonment ... whatever the case, at least the rest of us don't have to share free space with this guy.

Take this opportunity to reflect on your life and make your peace with God, Mr. Nomura, before it's too late.

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"what was that boxers name?"

Yes; a very good example. The boxer's name is Iwao Hakamada (袴田 巖, Hakamada Iwao, born March 10, 1936)...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwao_Hakamada

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Isn’t this the same yak who threatened the judge at sentencing?

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The Yakuza members are dropping because of technology. What do I mean by this is the Yakuza worked in a world of secrecy and there is no secrecy anymore and they cannot keep their dealings shush, shush. Younger people for the most part are not drawn to the mobs' lifestyle when there is more money in the tech world and where they have no fear of losing their pinky finger if they mess up.

Regarding this guy getting a free pass, life in prison in Japan is no picnic, there are no TVS, no games, no studying and they must work for the clothes on their back and or families must provide the money. They must work and build furniture and other items to be sold, and again to pay for their lives while in prison and so it is no picnic like in the West.

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Why??.. It can't be..

Well, rot in jail..

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I think a death is better than spending the rest of ones life in prison. It is better to go out with a bang than fade away...

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