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Japan hangs killer in first execution this year

Published on Jun 26, 2014 3:12 PM
 
Japanese Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announcing that Japan hanged a man - the ninth prisoner executed since the conservative government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012 - at a press conference at his office in Tokyo on June 26, 2014. The executed man was Masanori Kawasaki, 68, who stabbed three people to death in 2007 while they were sleeping, including a three-year-old girl, after he trespassed their house in Kagawa, western Japan. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan carried out its first execution of the year on Thursday when it hanged a man for a triple murder, the ninth prisoner to be put to death since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

Masanori Kawasaki, 68, was convicted of stabbing three people to death - including a three-year-old girl - as they slept, after breaking into their house in Kagawa, western Japan, in 2007.

"It was an extremely cruel case," Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters.

"I ordered the execution after prudent consideration," he said.

 
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