Japan hangs murderer, bringing Abe govt's toll to six
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan hanged a 73-year-old man on Thursday, bringing to six the number of inmates executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power in December.
Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announced the execution of Tokuhisa Kumagai, who was convicted of shooting dead the owner of a Chinese restaurant in a May 2004 robbery, among other crimes.
The execution was the first since two gangsters were sent to the gallows in April and took place despite repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups.
Japan now has 132 inmates on death row, according to the justice ministry.