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Japan executions show 'chilling' escalation in death penalty use

Headline Title:  Japan executions show 'chilling' escalation in death penalty use 26 April 2013 The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows that a "chilling" escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government is intensifying, Amnesty International said.Yoshihide Miyagi, 56, and Katsuji Hamasaki, 64, were hanged in Tokyo today. The two men were convicted of murder after shooting dead rival gang members in a restaurant in Ichihara City in 2005.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has now executed five people since taking office in December…

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