Japan in record death penalties

TOKYO - Japanese courts passed a record number of death sentences last year, a survey by Kyodo news agency showed yesterday.

TOKYO - Japanese courts passed a record number of death sentences last year, a survey by Kyodo news agency showed yesterday.

About 46 people convicted of murder were sentenced to death by hanging last year. It was the highest figure in almost 30 years.

At least 106 people are in prison awaiting execution, the highest number since 1980. Nine people were hanged last year, the highest since 1980.

Japan is one of the few industrialised countries to still carry out the death penalty. - Sapa-dpa

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