Japan executes 3 convicted murderers
Japan executed three convicted murderers Tuesday, including a man who found his victims when they posted messages on suicide Web sites. Japan, along with the United States, is one of the few industrialized countries that still has capital punishment. There is little public outcry against the death penalty, but the country has been criticized by rights groups such as Amnesty International and the main Japanese bar association. Criminals can be left on death row for years, and executions – all carried out by hanging – are highly secretive. Inmates do not know when they will be executed, while lawyers and family are only told after the fact.