3 killers hanged in 1st ex­e­cu­tions since 2010

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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.

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