Japan carries out first execution in 2014


Masanori Kawasaki, 68, was executed on 26 June 2014 at Osaka Detention Center.

Mr. Kawasaki was found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law and her two young grandchildren in November 2007. His 2008 sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in July 2012 and his execution was carried out early Thursday morning. Executions in Japan are carried out by hanging. This execution, the first in 2014, follows eight executions carried out in 2013.

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