Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama punished 11 ministry officials on Friday, including Vice Minister Keiichi Tadaki, in connection with the death and serious injuries of two Nagoya Prison inmates last May and September.

Tadaki was issued a strict warning, while Kenji Nakai, director of the ministry’s Correction Bureau, was given a reprimand. Nine others, including the former head of the prison, were handed such punishments as work suspensions.

In the latest incident involving Nagoya Prison, a deputy chief warden was arrested Feb. 12 in connection with an inmate’s death in December 2001. The man was allegedly assaulted by guards acting on the deputy chief warden’s orders.

Death row inmate dies

NAGOYA (Kyodo) A death row inmate died early Friday morning at the Nagoya Detention House, the detention house said.

The detention house did not disclose the inmate’s name, but sources identified the individual as Masaru Ueda, 33, who was sentenced to death for killing two men in robbery cases in Aichi Prefecture.

The cause of death will not be known before an autopsy is conducted, according to detention house officials.

The man did not answer a call from a guard at 2 a.m. and was found dead, they said.

The inmate had recently seen a doctor after complaining of dizziness and headaches, they said.

The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Ueda in September 2001.

An employee at a bar in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, Ueda beat a 26-year-old former colleague to death with a baseball bat in February 1993 and stole some 4,000 yen to give to a Filipino girlfriend, the court ruled. He killed a 58-year-old owner of a noodle-vending cart one month later and stole about 135,000 yen, according to the ruling.

The Nagoya Detention House chiefly houses inmates detained before and during trial. It is separate from Nagoya Prison, where guards have recently been charged with abusing inmates.

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