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Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa has canceled plans to set up a discussion panel on capital punishment despite the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s willingness to openly debate the issue, government sources said Saturday.

The panel would have invited input from experts on all sides of the emotive issue, and Ogawa’s decision to curtail the opportunity for debate, including on the suspension of executions, immediately drew fire from death penalty critics.

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