Japan Reveals Its Execution Room For The First Time

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This stark, almost peaceful looking room is actually Japan's execution room. The ring on top holds the noose, the red square outlines the trapdoor and this is the first time Japan has ever shown these rooms off.

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Much of Japan's execution process has been shrouded in mystery. In fact, when local news outlets were previously taken to these execution sites (seven exist in the country), they were transported in a bus with closed curtains to keep the location a secret. In the first viewing of these execution rooms, the NY Times describes Japan's execution process:

The journalists were led through the chambers, one by one: a chapel with a Buddhist altar where the condemned are read their last rites; a small room, also with a Buddha statue, where a prison warden officially orders the execution; the execution room, with a pulley and rings for the rope and a trapdoor where the condemned inmate stands; and the viewing room where officials witness the hanging.

The inmate is handcuffed and blindfolded before entering the execution room, officials said. Three prison wardens push separate buttons, only one of which releases the trapdoor - but they never find out which one. Wardens are given a bonus of about $230 every time they attend an execution.

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All executions in Japan are done by hanging and apparently out of the countries who make up the G8, the United States and Japan are the only countries who still enforce capital punishment. [NY Times]

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I never understood religion when involved with execution. I don't understand it anyways, but with execution you are read your last rites and then a government or person ACTING like a god ends your life. It seems that executions should be separated from religion IMO. Also, I never understood the last meal deal either. You charged a man with a crime that was so bad that he is going to die but you let him pick his last meal? Why? Does he deserve that but not to live? I never got it.

I'm anti-capital punishment because I don't like the idea of what is basically murder begetting murder. Two wrongs don't make a right is one of the easiest and most remembered common sense sayings ever. It doesn't fix anything that has already happened. Sometimes I also think innocent people are getting killed. We all know that has probably happened more then we want to admit it even if you are pro death penalty. Now, being anti-capital punishment I have no idea what to do instead, that I will admit. I don't want them back on the street AND I don't want to be paying for them the rest of their lives. I guess there is only one solution........MOON PRISON!