Japan – Executed 3 death row inmates – These were the first executions since 2019


Japanese authorities on Tuesday executed three people who had been sentenced to life in prison, Japanese media reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, including sources close to the Ministry of Justice.

The first from 2019

The executions are the first in the country since December 2019 and are also the first since the new prime minister, Fumio Cisida, took office in early October.

The Ministry of Justice, which was contacted by the French Agency, was not able to immediately confirm the information of the press. The Japanese media did not specify who the three death row inmates were.

The most recent execution, in December 2019, was of a Chinese man convicted of the murders of four members of the same family in the southwestern part of the archipelago in 2003.

Japanese authorities executed three people in 2019 and 15 in 2018, including 13 members of the Om Shinrikio sect, who were involved in the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

By hanging

In Japan today there are more than 100 convicts awaiting execution. In general, it takes several years from the death penalty to execution by hanging.

Japanese public support for the death penalty remains strong, despite criticism from abroad, especially from human rights groups such as Amnesty International.

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