Japan Executes 2 Death-Row Inmates over Serial Murders

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Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Justice Ministry executed two death-row inmates in serial murder cases on Friday, the first executions since December last year, according to the ministry.

It was the second time for executions to be carried out under Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, who took office in October last year.

"I gave very careful consideration" before approving the executions, Yamashita told a press conference. "The assaults targeting multiple women were unforgivable. They were utterly barbaric."

Yamashita said he signed execution orders for the two on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, the number of inmates on death row totaled 110 after Friday's hanging.

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