Japan executes 3 inmates, first under new gov’t

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Security guards stand at the entrance to the Justice Ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The ministry said Japan executed early Thursday three inmates convicted of murder in its first executions under the government that took office in December. Executions in the country are done by hanging. AP/Koji Sasahara

TOKYO — Japan has executed three inmates convicted of murder in its first executions under the government that took office in December.

The Justice Ministry said the executions were carried out early Thursday at three locations. One of the condemned inmates killed a schoolgirl.

Japan’s last execution was in September. It now has 134 inmates on death row. Executions in Japan are done by hanging.

Capital punishment in Japan has been widely criticized by human rights groups though polls show the public supports it. Japan’s government releases few details about executions and inmates are generally not informed of their pending execution until immediately before it is carried out.

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  • patriotic_act

    very nice.. imagine that even with human rights group being against it the populace themselves embrace it..

  • w33k3nd3r

    It’s about time we started doing this.

  • sam_aquino

    let’s start hanging government or public officials found corrupt…

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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    matagal nang tigok ang lahi ng aquino kung ganito lang ang patakaran ng pinas.

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