In English it is quite common to use the expression "to get the chair" to refer to the death penalty. For example:

He committed such a terrible crime, I hope he gets the chair. *

The word 絞首刑, "death by hanging", is the only Japanese word I know in this regard. Is there any slang (such as "to get the rope") that can be used to indicate someone who was/will be sentenced to death?

* This example is by no means related to me being in favor or against the death penalty.

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    Not slang, but there's 死刑, which is at at least more common/colloquial than 絞首刑. eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=%E6%AD%BB%E5%88%91
    – Mindful
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 3:51
  • @Mindful yes I know 死刑. I'm asking if there is some slang or "colorful expression" to refer to it.
    – Tommy
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 3:53
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    縛り首? But it's too anachronistic to be used in the 21st century IMO... Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 4:43
  • @broccoliforest thanks, but in what sense you say it's anachronistic?
    – Tommy
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 7:52
  • @Tommy that you'd sound as if in a period drama. Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 8:17

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There might be yakuza slang for it, but there isn’t a common phrase for it. My gut feeling is that death just isn’t something Japanese joke about as much as eg Americans do.

  • 死ね is used commonly by many people who chat.
    – Jack Bosma
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 18:14

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