Japan hangs two death row inmates

2012-08-03 10:05

Tokyo - Japan hanged two death row inmates on Friday, the justice ministry said, bringing the number of executions so far this year to five.

One of those was Junya Hattori, aged 40, who raped and kidnapped a 19-year-old college student in 2002 before burning her to death at a construction site in the central Japanese city of Mishima, the ministry said.

Kyozo Matsumura, aged 31, was hanged in the western city of Osaka for killing two of his relatives in 2007 and stealing their money.

In March, Japan resumed its use of capital punishment after a 20-month break with an unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three multiple murderers.

Japan did not execute anybody in 2011, the first year in nearly two decades it did not carry out a single death sentence amid a muted debate on the rights and wrongs of the policy.

The executions on Friday were the first held under Justice Minister Makoto Taki, who was appointed in June.

Apart from the United States, Japan is the only major industrialised democracy to carry out capital punishment, a practice that has led to repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 10:29

    We should learn from the Japanese and bring back our own death row !

  • stuka.nel - 2012-08-03 10:42

    Please send Justice Minister Makoto Taki to sunny South Africa...he'll get cramps in his hand for signing off death warrants...Man oh man, I think I'm going to give my Yaris a hug..well done Japan!!

  • garth.baldwin.96 - 2012-08-03 10:51

    Line em up and knock em off!! Way too many people on this planet already.. We don't need to maintain bad apples too!

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-08-03 10:52

    A big hand for Minister Makoto Taki!

  • Hermann - 2012-08-03 10:52

    I also have human rights, the most basic of these rights is to be a victim of crime. Thanks to the liberals, in particular the human rightists, society has lost the plot.

  • Revelgen - 2012-08-03 10:53

    These 'human rights' groups don't seem to mind the terror, utter dread and unspeakable pain that hundreds of thousands of victims feel when they are cruelly raped or murdered. 'Oh no, it's so CRUEL to have the death penalty.' Sorry, bollocks to this sickly humanism. Japan has it correct, and we need it here.

  • Michael - 2012-08-03 10:58

    Europe is always so pro human rights. If only they knew the only language a criminal/murderer/rapist understands is an eye for an eye. In Italy they now complain that north African immigrants are to blame for a sudden spate of rapes in that country. In England the government has to deal with Pakistanis and Nigerian drug lords selling their own underage citizens for child trafficking/prostitution! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY S.A.!!!

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