In a resolution on the death penalty in Japan, MEPs urgently call on the
Japanese Minister of Justice, Toshio Ogawa, not to approve any execution order
in the future. According to press reports, Ogawa had announced that he did not
wish to continue his predecessor's policy of "caution".
MEPs also call on Japan to sustain its efforts towards returning to the de
facto moratorium in place from November 1989 to March 1993 and to encourage to
a public debate on the use of capital punishment in the country.
2011 was the 1st year without any execution in Japan since 1992. Some 130
persons sentenced to death in Japan are currently on death row.