In Japan, have been hanged to death two convicted murderers. The Ministry of justice announced in Tokyo after the enforcement of the judgments. Japan is one of the few industrialised countries to retain the death penalty, and is therefore in the criticism.

The two now in Osaka, killed men over the age of 60 and 67 years, were convicted of robbery and murder of two businessmen in 1988 to death. They had abducted their victims, extorted, and then strangled. Then they poured the two of them Murdered in concrete and buried them in the mountains, it said.

“This was an extremely gruesome crime that rocked the society,” said justice Minister Takashi Yamashita at a press conference. He stressed that Japan will not abandon the death penalty.

Recently, members of the apocalyptic sect Aum Shinrikyo executed had been executed in July, had killed 23 years ago with a poison gas attack in the Tokyo subway, 13 people. Also founder Shoko Asahara was executed. Since taking office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012, a total of 36 people have been executed in order in the meantime. This year alone, there were 15 in number since 2008.

human rights activists have decried for years dealing with executions, as well as the conditions of detention in Japan. As a particularly cruel and foreign governments criticise that the candidates for death, the date of their execution is not communicated. The prisoners Condemned to death, often live for years in solitary confinement. Currently sitting according to information of local media 109 death row Convicts in Japan.

Japan’s lawyers ‘ Association has called for the abolition of the death penalty until 2020. In the year, the country will host the Olympic games in Tokyo.


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