September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Use of the Death Penalty

Country: Japan
Delegate Name: Kennedy Anderson

Since Japan’s introduction as a member of the U.N. on December 18, 1956, Japan has wanted to save future generations from the horrors of war. And since then Japan has contributed to world peace and prosperity. Since 2016 Japan has been serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Having a key role in the maintenance of peace and security in the international community. Japan’s Prime Minister Abe announced at the 71st UN General Assembly that will provide about 2.8 billion US dollars over the three years, from 2016 to 2018, in humanitarian and self-reliance assistance to refugees and migrants, as well as support to host countries and communities. Although Japan has been urged to get rid of the death penalty, Japan sees no purpose in getting rid of it as most of the country does not want it to be banned.

Japan has noted a total of 49 recommendations aimed at the death penalty at the 53rd regular session. Japan plans to continue the death penalty as of now. It has been used since 1156 and has been supported by the public since. If Japan abolished the death penalty or switched to other methods of jailing Japan would be going against the opinions of the majority (more than 80%) of Japan which the government is unfavored of. There would need to be the majority of the population for Japan to consider abolishing the death penalty and switch to life sentences without the possibility of parole as an alternative.

The UN should let each country decide what they want to do with their prisoners and have the death penalty be optional. Japan also does the most humane of the death penalty, hanging, and countries who do decide to carry on continuing the death penalty should do lethal injection and hanging. If a country cannot obtain material for lethal injection or cannot afford lethal injection, there should be funds for them to be able to do it. Forcing countries to put down the death penalty is not the way to go especially if the citizens of those countries would rather not see it be taken away which could cause civilian uproars and riots. It is every country’s duty to listen to the majority of its population.