Japan hangs killer in first execution this year
Published on Jun 26, 2014 3:12 PM
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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