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Japan’s union of lawyers wants to lobby for the elimination of the country’s death penalty by 2020, according to a Thursday report from Kyodo news agency.

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), which aims to protect fundamental human rights and provide guidance to the country’s lawyers, will present the proposal to its members at the beginning of October at an annual human rights convention, Kyodo reported.

Japan, which has the third-largest national economy in the world, is scheduled to host the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2020. It is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to implement capital punishment.

In 2011, the JFBA called on the Japanese government to launch a public debate on capital punishment, which failed to produce a clear demand for its abolishment. In supporting its policy, the government has referred to surveys in which the majority of the population backs the death penalty.



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