Comments:Government poll indicates 85.6% of Japanese support death penalty

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Whoa. :( 88.115.192.18 (talk) 12:05, 8 February 2010 (UTC)MrSonPopo

While I have no qualms with the death penalty, I find it unfortunate that "consolation for the victims' families" is an accepted reason for capital punishment. That's little different from state-backed revenge. I believe execution is, in extreme cases, necessary to remove the most dangerous criminals from our society for the protection of others. --Fishy c (talk) 21:24, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
State-backed revenge is as much a part of the prison system as avoidance/rehabilitation is. Usually a criminal isn't subjected to unpleasant conditions simply because revenge is desired, but both aspects are fundamental. Life inprisonment is useful for nothing other than lifelong punishment (and creating jobs in prisons, though that was initially secondary). I suppose it doesn't help that the system only thinks it exists for rehabilitation rather than actually trying. Even if it were, the cases in which it doesn't work would still ensure death in a well thought out manner is the only practical or humane choice. —70.31.58.181 (talk) 20:05, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

If this is true, it is deeply disturbing, I find the above comments to be thoroughly sickening , I can only imagine that they mustcome from a totalitarian state rather than a civilised country

I share your fear of totalitarianism, and your ironclad belief in the unacceptability of certain political viewpoints. Let us hope that that person will be found and punished for such statements, eh? 206.74.5.136 (talk) 06:27, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
The Death Penalty, as practiced in Japan, the United states or Saudi Arabia is simply a modern incarnation of the ancient practice of Human Sacrifice.
So, really, it's a cultural treasure that must not be allowed to die out, lest it pass into the ether of history like so many other such treasures? Awesome. 206.74.5.136 (talk) 21:03, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Anybody who is surprised by this clearly doesn't know basic Japanese history.