Japan hangs two killers
- Published: 3 Aug 2012 at 16.21
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Japan hanged two death-row inmates in Tokyo and Osaka Friday in the first executions since March, raising this year's total to five, news reports said.
The Justice Ministry identified the two as Junya Hattori and Kyozo Matsumura, Jiji Press reported.Hattori, 40, kidnapped and raped a 19-year-old student in 2002 before burning her to death at a building site in the central Japanese city of Mishima, the report said.Matsumura, 31, killed two relatives in 2007 and stole their money. He was hanged in the western city of Osaka.The executions were the first under Justice Minister Makoto Taki, bringing the total number for the year and for the administration of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to five."We need to make judgements prudently, but when we conclude that a specific case inevitably warrants an execution, we think we should not hold back," Taki was quoted by the Kyodo News agency as saying.Japan carried out executions every year from 1994 to 2010 but had none in 2011. On March 29, three convicts were hanged under former justice minister Toshio...
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