Japan dances with the death penalty

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 2, 2016

Japan dances with the death penalty

by Philip Brasor

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his plans to reinstate the death penalty, which was abolished in his country in 2006. Duterte says he believes in retribution: If you kill someone, you deserve to die. Some people are shocked by this rationale, but they ...

World May 28, 2016

Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted after ...

Japan sends two more inmates to the gallows

National / Crime & Legal Mar 25, 2016

Japan sends two more inmates to the gallows

by Shusuke Murai

Two death row inmates were hanged Friday morning, according to the Justice Ministry, bringing to 16 the number of executions carried out under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration since taking power in 2012. The two prisoners were Yasutoshi Kamata, 75, and Junko Yoshida, 56. Yoshida ...

National / Crime & Legal Jul 25, 2014

Japanese man executed in China over drug smuggling

China has executed a Japanese man in his 50s who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling. In Tokyo, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said China notified Japan that the execution took place Friday morning. The man was sentenced to death in December ...