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The Death Penalty in Japan, with Mai Sato!

Iwao Hakamada was sentenced to death on September 11, 1968, for a 1966 quadruple murder.

On March 10, 2011, Guinness World Records certified Hakamada as the world's longest-held death row inmate.

Cool record huh! (Very very not cool).

Today we explore his story with Mai Sato!


Mai Sato & Paul Bacon (2015) “The Public Opinion Myth: Why Japan retains the death penalty.” The Death Penalty Project. 

The Irish Times: Death Row Miscarriage Case Puts Spotlight on Japanese Justice

The Guardian: Japanese Man Freed After 45 Years on Death Row Could Go Back To Jail 

The Guardian: Prisoners driven insane on Japan's death row, says Amnesty

The Conversation: Why Japan is reluctant to retry the world’s longest-serving death row inmate      

Japan Times: Story of Iwao Hakamada, boxer who spent 48 years on death row, to become manga series