Item description for Capital Punishment in Japan (Brill's Japanese Studies Library) by Petra Schmidt...
Capital punishment has been carried out in Japan since ancient times. Although ancient Japan uniquely suspended executions for several centuries towards the end of the first millennium, today the death penalty is firmly established in Japan.
This volume explores the current state of capital punishment, the domestic discussion on the subject, and the influence of the political orientations of the governments of recent years.
The treatise is of current interest especially because of the Aum cult, whose leader Shoko Asahara is at present tried in Tokyo. If found guilty, he may be sentenced to death. After a three years' interval (between 1989 and 1993), Japan is nowadays undergoing a capital punishment "renaissance" with 39 executions between 1993 and 2000.
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Barbara Glasner is an interior designer and works as a consultant and independent curator for design and architecture in Frankfurt am Main. From 2001 to 2007, in the context of her collaboration with the Rat fA1/4r Formgebung (German Design Council), she oversaw the various editions of the design project Ideal House, in which internationally famous designers presented their visions of the dwelling of the future, for the Internationale MAbelmesse KAln (Cologne International Furniture Fair).
Petra Schmidt is an independent author and consultant. She completed her degree in theater, film, and media studies in Frankfurt am Main and was editor in chief of the design journal form from 1999 to 2007. She teaches theory of design at the Hochschule fA1/4r Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (Academy of Design Karlsruhe) and writes for art and design magazines such as art and Frame.
Ursula SchAndeling is a research associate at the Kunstverein Braunschweig (Association of Contemporary Artists Braunschweig). She studied art history in Frankfurt am Main and, as an independent author and curator, conceived publications and exhibition projects for a wide range of clients, including the Frankfurt Opera, atelierfrankfurt, and Revolver Verlag, which is also based in Frankfurt.