Three More Executions in Japan for the First Time Since 2019

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Japan executed three death row inmates on Tuesday. Local media have reported this based on sources, including the Ministry of Justice.

 

The executions would be the first in the country since December 2019 and since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office in early October.

The Ministry of Justice, which was contacted by the French news agency AFP, did not immediately confirm the information. The local media did not disclose the identities of the executed prisoners.

The last execution dates are from December 2019. It concerned a Chinese man who was convicted of the 2003 murders of four members of the same family in the country’s southwestern part. Japan executed three convicts in 2019 and 15 in 2018, including 13 members. of the Aum sect, which was involved in a 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

There are currently over a hundred death row inmates in the country and usually, many years elapse between the sentence and its execution by hanging.

Public support for the death penalty remains strong despite criticism from abroad, especially from human rights groups.

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