• Japan executes convicted murderer


    TOKYO: Japan on Thursday executed a man who robbed and killed a woman after plotting the crime with accomplices he met online. Tsukasa Kanda, 44, was hanged for killing 31-year-old Rie Isogai in Nagoya, central Japan, in 2007.The execution brings to 12 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.The men kidnapped Isogai from a Nagoya street and suffocated her by wrapping her head and neck with a plastic bag, adhesive tape and rope, before battering her head with a hammer, according to Justice Ministry records.



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