• Kyodo


The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by a 47-year-old man who was sentenced to death for killing two women and dismembering their corpses in Hyogo Prefecture in 2005.

The Supreme Court’s No. 1 Petty Bench effectively finalized the death sentence for Kazuya Takayanagi, ruling that capital punishment is unavoidable because the accused “committed violent and brutal crimes with a strong murderous intention.”

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