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Japan: Secret execution as authorities ignore calls for reform

Headline Title:  Japan: Secret execution as authorities ignore calls for reform 29 August 2014 The execution of two men in Japan on Friday flies in the face of growing calls in the country to halt the use of capital punishment, said Amnesty International.Mitsuhiro Kobayashi, 56, and Tsutomu Takamizawa, 59 were hanged early on Friday morning. Kobayashi was executed at Sendai detention centre and Takamizawa at Tokyo detention centre. Both had been convicted of murder.“It is chilling that the Japanese authorities continue to send people to the gallows despite serious questions over the…

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