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Japan hangs three in first executions under ‘merciless’ Abe government

21 February 2013 The execution of three death row inmates is an ominous and regressive move by Japan’s new Liberal Democratic government, Amnesty International said on Thursday.The executions are the first since the administration took office in December and raises fears that the pace of executions may increase during Prime Minister Abe’s term.Masahiro Kanagawa, 29, was hanged at Tokyo Detention Centre on Thursday, along with Kaoru Kobayashi, 44, at Osaka Detention Centre and Keiki Kano, 62, at Nagoya Detention Centre. Kobayashi and Kano were executed despite both being in the process of preparing…

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