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Japan: Further information: New minister says executions should resume

, Index number: ASA 22/001/2012

OGAWA Toshio, who was appointed Minister of Justice on 13 January 2012, has said that he intends to resume executions. Last year Japan did not carry out any executions, for the first time in 19 years. The estimated 130 death row inmates are now at greater risk of execution.

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