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Japan: Basic Information on Executed Criminals Now Available

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 7, 2007, the Ministry of Justice of Japan released the names of three executed criminals, together with information on the crimes they committed and the places of the executions. This is the first time the Ministry has released such information. In the past, the Ministry only announced that executions had been carried out and the number of criminals who were executed. Crime victims' groups have demanded that the Ministry provide more information on the executions. Minister of Justice Hatoyama stated that victims and the public need to understand that such an extremely grave penalty is properly carried out, based on the law. (Fujima Seiha shikeish├╗ ra 3nin shikei shikk├┤ [Death Penalty Executions of Three, Including Seiha Fujima], YOMIURI ONLINE, Dec. 7, 2007 (on file with author).)