China executes Japanese over drugs

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BEIJING: China on Friday executed a Japanese man for drug offenses, according to Tokyo’s diplomats and media reports. “Our office in Dalian was informed this morning that the Intermediate Court of Dalian had executed a condemned Japanese,” a Japanese embassy official in Beijing, who declined to be named, told Agence France-Presse. He said the case “was related to drugs”, without elaborating, and declined to identify the individual, citing reasons of privacy. This is Beijing’s first use of the death penalty against a Japanese since the two countries normalized ties in 1972.

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