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The top court’s Second Petty Bench turned down appeals from Toru Toyoda, 41, and Kenichi Hirose, 45, against death sentences upheld in 2004 by the Tokyo High Court.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, Toyoda and Hirose can still file an objection with the highest court against its decision. But it is limited to technicalities, including errors in the wording.

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