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Capital punishment in U.S. and Japan compared Sept. 2 at MSU

August 20, 2014

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A free public lecture about contrasts between the capital punishment systems in the United States and Japan will be given at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

David Johnson, a professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will present "Is Death Different? Capital Punishment in the United States and Japan."

Japan and the United States are the only two developed democracies that retain capital punishment and continue to carry out executions on a regular basis, according to Johnson, who will discuss that country’s legal approach to capital punishment.

Johnson is the author of "The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan," which received awards from the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association. He also co-authored "The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change and the Death Penalty in Asia." From 2010 to 2013, he was co-editor-in-chief of "Law & Society Review."

Johnson’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please or call 994-4201.


Jody Sanford (406) 994- 7791,