Human rights are protected. Japan is party to all major UN conventions relating to this subject. From our liberal perspective however, one major desideratum still persists: Japan has not yet abolished the death penalty. Instead, Japan actually voted against the UN resolution proposing a worldwide moratorium of the death penalty. In 2008, 15 executions were carried out â€“ this has been the highest number of executions since 1975. Besides this, according to Amnesty International, prison conditions do not comply with international standards. Inmates have only limited access to medical care. Pre-trial detention conditions are subject to criticism as suspects have only limited access to lawyers. Therefore there is a higher chance of abusive interrogation methods and coerced
confessions. Besides this, the overall situation of human rights in Japan is quite good as reflected in our score.