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The burned down house in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, where Yuki Endo fatally stabbed the father and mother of an acquaintance in 2021.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 2, 2024
Death sentence finalized for man over 2021 murder committed as minor
The defense team for Yuki Endo filed an appeal at the deadline Thursday, but the defendant withdrew it later in the day, the Kofu District Court said.
Miyoko Oka holds a photo of her brother, Masaru Okunishi, in Yamazoe Village, Nara Prefecture, in November 2023.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 30, 2024
Top court rejects retrial request for 1961 poisoned wine murders
The court rejected a special appeal for reopening the case involving Masaru Okunishi, who died at age 89 of pneumonia while on death row in 2015.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba listening to a ruling handed down at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist files appeal against death sentence
A Kyoto District Court spokesman on Friday confirmed that the defense team was appealing the ruling.
A man prays on July 19, 2019, outside the Kyoto Animation building where 36 people died in a fire caused by Shinji Aoba the previous day.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Possible death penalty looms for Kyoto Animation arson suspect
The trial shed light on his upbringing, the emergence of his grudge against the studio and how he went ahead with his plan of attack despite some hesitation.
The gallery and judges for the trial of Yuki Endo over a 2021 murder case, in Kofu District Court in Yamanashi Prefecture on Thursday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2024
In first, 'specified juvenile' handed death sentence over Kofu murder
It is the first time a defendant age 18 or 19 at the time of a crime has been given the death penalty following the lowering of the age of adulthood.
Visitors walk through the gas chamber during a tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 2013.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 11, 2024
U.S. judge allows first nitrogen-gas execution to proceed
U.S. states have found it increasingly difficult to obtain barbiturates used in lethal-injection execution protocols, in part because of a European ban.
The trial for Shinji Aoba in a Kyoto Animation arson-murder case concluded at the Kyoto District Court Thursday, with prosecutors demanding a death penalty.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack
Shinji Aoba, 45, is facing charges including murder over the blaze at the animation studio's premises.
The front page of The Japan Times from Nov. 13, 1948, heralds the verdicts given to Japan's war criminals.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Nov 3, 2023
Japan Times 1948: Tojo and 6 others are sentenced to hang
As sentences are handed down in 1948, two other eras deal with fallout from an earthquake and an oil shock.
Hideko Hakamata (front, second from left) and lawyers head to the Shizuoka District Court on Friday for the first hearing of the retrial of Hakamata's brother Iwao, who spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Man accused of 1966 quadruple murder is innocent, sister says
Iwao Hakamata, 87, spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
“The Burden of the Past” is based on the real-life experiences of ex-cons and the editorial team of a magazine that supports former prisoners in finding jobs and reentering society.
Oct 16, 2023
'The Burden of the Past' addresses bleak reality of ex-cons with some hope
Atsushi Funahashi’s film is grounded in the director’s own research about the hurdles former prisoners face when attempting to rejoin society.
Iwao Hakamata and his elder sister Hideko are pictured at his home in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
First hearing for 1966 murder retrial in Japan set for Oct. 27
Iwao Hakamata spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
Mariko Takeuchi leaves a court in Kuala Lumpur in October 2011 after being sentenced to death.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 15, 2023
Japanese woman on death row in Malaysia to appeal for leniency
Mariko Takeuchi was sentenced to hang for trafficking 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into Malaysia in 2009.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 5, 2023
Japanese Supreme Court upholds man's death sentence for Manila murders
Toshihiko Iwama, 49, was sentenced to death by the Kofu District Court in 2017 for murdering two men for insurance payments.
Japan Times
May 17, 2023
Global executions highest in five years, Amnesty International says
Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia carried out 90% of the executions recorded last year, the rights group said. The numbers did not include China, it said, citing a lack of transparency.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2023
Singapore hangs prisoner over 1 kilogram of cannabis
Tangaraju Suppiah was hanged in defiance of a plea by the United Nations Human Rights Office for Singapore to "urgently reconsider" and calls by British tycoon Richard Branson to halt it.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Apr 23, 2023
Family of Singaporean on death row for cannabis pleads for clemency
Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, was sentenced to death in 2018 for conspiring to smuggle drugs and the Court of Appeal has upheld his sentence, which is scheduled to be carried out Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 15, 2023
Woman, 49, on death row in Japan dies
Death-row inmate Miyuki Ueta, convicted of robbery and murder over the mysterious deaths of two men in Tottori Prefecture in 2009, died of suffocation, the Justice Ministry said Sunday.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2023
Iran executes British Iranian dual national accused of spying
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was "appalled" by the execution of the British Iranian citizen.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2022
Approving executions one of most important duties, justice minister says
Justice Minister Ken Saito assumed the post in place of Yasuhiro Hanashi, who was dismissed from the role following remarks that were interpreted as making light of his responsibilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 29, 2022
Woman given life term over murder of father and brother
The Osaka District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 48-year-old woman to life in prison for killing her diabetic fatheru00a0in 2018 by overdosing him with insulin, as well as murdering her brother.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves