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Two executed in Japan amid fears of new wave of hangings

Headline Title:  Two executed in Japan amid fears of new wave of hangings 27 September 2012 Fears of a new wave of executions in Japan increased after two death row inmates were hanged on Thursday, one the first woman to be executed in more than 15 years. Sachiko Eto, 65 and Yukinori Matsuda, 39, were hanged on Thursday morning in Sendai and Fukuoka Detention Centres respectively.  Eto is the first woman to be executed in Japan since 1997. “The executions of Matsuda and Eto are acts of premeditated, cold-blooded killing by the Japanese state,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s…

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