JAPAN: THREE EXECUTED FOR MULTIPLE MURDERS
July 28, 2009: Japan hanged three inmates convicted of multiple murders including a Chinese national and a middle-aged man who found his victims through an Internet suicide site, Justice Minister Eisuke Mori said.
Hiroshi Maeue, 40, was executed in Osaka for killing three people in 2005. Yukio Yamaji, 25, also executed in Osaka, raped and then stabbed to death two sisters, stole their money and set fire to their apartment in 2005. Chinese national Chen Detong, 41, was executed in Tokyo for killing three of his compatriots and injuring three more in Kawasaki, southwest of Tokyo, in 1999.
The country has now executed seven people this year, including four who were hanged in January. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 28/07/2009)