3 killers hanged in 1st executions since 2010
TOKYO | Three men convicted of multiple killings were hanged Thursday in Japan’s first executions in more than 11/ years.
One death-row inmate had been convicted of ramming a car into a train station and then knifing people nearby, killing five, in 1999. Another killed two people in 2001, and the third killed three in 2002.
Reports said the men were executed at different prisons.
Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa confirmed the executions in a news conference, saying that the punishment was supported by the public.
The executions were Japan’s first since July 2010. Capital punishment usually is ordered only for inmates convicted of multiple murders. Japan has 132 death-row convicts, which is near its highest level since World War II.