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TOKYO: Ja­pan’s big­gest lawyers’ group has called for the abo­li­tion of the death penalty.

Hu­man rights groups have long de­nounced Ja­pan’s cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, un­der which pris­on­ers are told with­out warn­ing they will be hanged within hours, but there has been lit­tle mo­men­tum for change.

The Ja­pan Fed­er­a­tion of Bar As­so­ci­a­tions is­sued a dec­la­ra­tion calling for the abol­ish­ment of the death penalty by 2020, cit­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of wrong­ful con­vic­tions.

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