Japan and the United States are the only two members of the Group of Seven advanced economies that have the death penalty.
Japanese death row inmates are executed by hanging. Three prison officers simultaneously press buttons to open the trap door so it is not clear which one is responsible.
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, Aum Shinrikyo
, Shoko Asahara
, death penalty
, death row
, Chizuo Matsumoto
, Tokyo sarin gas attack
, Aum Shinrikyo in focus