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Regarding the April 18 Timeout section article, “Japan’s way of injudicial killing”: Death by hanging must be one of the most unpleasant ways to die. For any condemned inmate on Japan’s death row, the worst aspect of such a sentence is the almost sadistic dread that he must suffer every morning. How much horrid anticipation can any person suffer without going insane? For an inmate who was unfairly found guilty and who might ultimately be found innocent given enough time, the uncertainty of his execution date must be absolute torture.

If an innocent person was hanged, would the police and judicial authorities feel any remorse? Would they apologize to the victim’s family and offer monetary compensation? And why would any judicial official feel that the system would break down if the number of death row inmates was to exceed 100? Isn’t he being a wee bit arbitrary? There is no justification to set an execution date simply because there’s 101 inmates on death row. How absurd!

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