List of executions in Japan

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Capital punishment is in force in Japan, applied in cases of multiple murder or aggravated single murder. After a five-year moratorium, executions resumed in 1993 and up to 15 have taken place each year since then. Thirteen of those executed in 2018 had taken part in the Tokyo subway sarin attack of 1995.

List of offenders executed[edit]

     Condemned was female (5 executed since 1950)[1]

Offender Age Date Place Crime victim(s) Minister
Seikichi Kondo 55 26 March 1993 Sendai Multiple murders 2 Masaharu Gotoda
Shujiro Tachikawa 62 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Tetsuo Kawanaka 48 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Tadao Kojima 61 26 November 1993 Sapporo Multiple murders 3 Akira Mikazuki
Yukio Seki 47 Tokyo Single murder 1
Hideo Deguchi 70 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Toru Sakaguchi 56 Osaka
Yukio Ajima 44 1 December 1994 Tokyo Multiple murders 3 Isao Maeda
Kazumi Sasaki 66 Sendai Multiple murders* 2
Eiji Fujioka 40 26 May 1995 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Fusao Suda 54 Tokyo Single murder 1
Shigeho Tanaka 69 Tokyo Single murder 1
Shuji Kimura 45 21 December 1995 Nagoya Single murder 1 Hiroshi Miyazawa
Naoto Hirata 63 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Tokujirou Shinohara 68 Tokyo Multiple murders* 2
Yoshiaki Sugimto 49 11 July 1996 Fukuoka Single murder 1 Ritsuko Nagata
Kazumi Yokoyama 43 Fukuoka
Mikio Ishida 48 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yoshihito Imai 55 20 December 1996 Tokyo Multiple murders 3 Isao Matsuura
Mitsunari Hirata 60 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Satoru Noguchi 50 Tokyo
Yasumasa Hidaka 54 1 August 1997 Sapporo Multiple murders 7
Nobuko Hidaka 51 Sapporo
Hideki Kanda 43 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Norio Nagayama 48 Tokyo Multiple murders 4
Masahiro Muratake 54 25 June 1998 Fukuoka Multiple murders 3 Kokichi Shimoinaba
Yukihisa Takeyasu 66 Fukuoka Multiple murders* 1
Shinji Shimazu 66 Tokyo Multiple murders* 1
Masamichi Ida 56 19 November 1998 Nagoya Multiple murders 3 Shozaburo Nakamura
Tatsuaki Nishio 61 Nagoya Single murder 1
Akira Tsuda 59 Hiroshima Single murder 1
Masashi Satou 62 10 September 1999 Tokyo Multiple murders* 1 Takao Jinnouchi
Katsutoshi Takada 61 Sendai Multiple murders* 1
Tetsuyuki Morikawa 69 Fukuoka Multiple murders* 2
Teruo Ono 62 17 December 1999 Fukuoka Multiple murders* 1 Hideo Usui
Kazuo Sagawa 48 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Kiyotaka Katsuta 52 30 November 2000 Nagoya Multiple murders 8 Okiharu Yasuoka
Takashi Miyawaki 57 Nagoya Multiple murders 3
Kunikatsu Oishi 55 Fukuoka Multiple murders 3
Toshihiko Hasegawa 51 27 December 2001 Nagoya Multiple murders 3 Mayumi Moriyama
Koujirou Asakura 66 Tokyo Multiple murders 5
Ryuya Haruta 36 18 September 2002 Fukuoka Single murder 1
Yoshiteru Hamada 51 Nagoya Multiple murders* 3
Sinji Mukai 42 12 September 2003 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Sueo Shimazaki 59 14 September 2004 Fukuoka Multiple murders 3 Daizo Nozawa
Mamoru Takuma 40 Osaka Multiple murders 8
Susumu Kitagawa 58 16 September 2005 Osaka Multiple murders 2 Chieko Nono
Hiroaki Hidaka 44 25 December 2006 Hiroshima Multiple murders 4 Jinen Nagase
Yoshimitsu Akiyama 77 Tokyo Single murder 1
Yoshio Fujinami 75 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Michio Fukuoka 64 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Yoshikatsu Oda 59 27 April 2007 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Masahiro Tanaka 42 Tokyo Multiple murders 4
Kosaku Nada 56 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Hifumi Takezawa 69 23 August 2007 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Kozo Segawa 60 Nagoya Multiple murders 2
Yoshio Iwamoto 62 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Seiha Fujima 47 7 December 2007 Tokyo Multiple murders 5 Kunio Hatoyama
Hiroki Fukawa 42 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Noboru Ikemoto 75 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Masahiko Matsubara 63 1 February 2008 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Takashi Mochida 65 Tokyo Multiple murders* 1
Keishi Nago 37 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Kaoru Okashita 61 10 April 2008 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Masahito Sakamoto 41 Tokyo Single murder 1
Katsuyoshi Nakamoto 64 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Masaharu Nakamura 61 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Tsutomu Miyazaki 45 17 June 2008 Tokyo Multiple murders 4
Yoshio Yamasaki 73 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Shinji Mutsuda 37 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yoshiyuki Mantani 68 11 September 2008 Osaka Multiple murders* 1 Okiharu Yasuoka
Mineteru Yamamoto 68 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Isamu Hirano 61 Tokyo Multiple murders* 2
Michitoshi Kuma 70 28 October 2008 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2 Eisuke Mori
Masahiro Takashio 55 Sendai Multiple murders 2
Yukinari Kawamura 44 28 January 2009 Nagoya Multiple murders 2
Tetsuya Sato 39 Nagoya
Shojiro Nishimoto 32 Tokyo Multiple murders 4
Tadashi Makino 58 Fukuoka Multiple murders* 1
Hiroshi Maeue 40 28 July 2009 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Yukio Yamaji 25 Osaka Multiple murders* 2
Chen Detong 41 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Kazuo Shinozawa 59 28 July 2010 Tokyo Multiple murders 6 Keiko Chiba
Hidenori Ogata 33 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yasuaki Uwabe 48 29 March 2012 Hiroshima Multiple murders 5 Toshio Ogawa
Tomoyuki Furusawa 46 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Yasutoshi Matsuda 44 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Junya Hattori 40 3 August 2012 Tokyo Single murder 1 Makoto Taki
Kyozo Matsumura 31 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Sachiko Eto 65 27 September 2012 Sendai Multiple murders 6
Yukinori Matsuda 39 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Masahiro Kanagawa 29 21 February 2013 Tokyo Multiple murders 2 Sadakazu Tanigaki
Keiki Kano 62 Nagoya Multiple murders* 1
Kaoru Kobayashi 44 Osaka Single murder 1
Katsuji Hamasaki 64 26 April 2013 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yoshihide Miyagi 56 Tokyo
Tokuhisa Kumagai 73 12 September 2013 Tokyo Single murder 1
Mitsuo Fujishima 55 12 December 2013 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Ryoji Kagayama 63 Osaka Multiple murders 2
Masanori Kawasaki 68 26 June 2014 Osaka Multiple murders 3
Mitsuhiro Kobayashi 56 29 August 2014 Sendai Multiple murders 5
Tsutomu Takamizawa 59 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Tsukasa Kanda 44 25 June 2015 Nagoya Single murder 1 Yōko Kamikawa
Sumitoshi Tsuda 63 18 December 2015 Sendai Multiple murders 3 Mitsuhide Iwaki
Kazuyuki Wakabayashi 39 Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yasutoshi Kamata 75 25 March 2016 Osaka Multiple murders 5
Junko Yoshida 56 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2
Kenichi Tajiri 45 10 November 2016 Fukuoka Multiple murders 2 Katsutoshi Kaneda
Masakatsu Nishikawa 61 13 July 2017[2] Osaka Multiple murders 4
Koichi Sumida 34 Hiroshima Single murder 1
Teruhiko Seki 44 19 December 2017[3] Tokyo Multiple murders 4 Yōko Kamikawa
Kiyoshi Matsui 69 Tokyo Multiple murders 3
Shoko Asahara 63 6 July 2018[4] Tokyo Multiple murders 29
Seiichi Endo 58 Tokyo
Masami Tsuchiya 53 Tokyo
Tomomitsu Niimi 54 Osaka
Yoshihiro Inoue 48 Osaka
Tomomasa Nakagawa 55 Hiroshima
Kiyohide Hayakawa 68 Fukuoka
Satoru Hashimoto 51 26 July 2018[5] Tokyo
Kenichi Hirose 54 Tokyo
Toru Toyoda 50 Tokyo
Yasuo Hayashi 60 Sendai
Masato Yokoyama 54 Nagoya
Kazuaki Okazaki 57 Nagoya
Keizo Okamoto 60 27 December 2018 Osaka Multiple murders[6] 2 Takashi Yamashita
Hiroya Suemori 67 Osaka
Koichi Shoji 64 2 August 2019[7] Tokyo Multiple murders 2
Yasunori Suzuki 50 Fukuoka Multiple murders 3
Wei Wei 40 26 December 2019[8][9] Fukuoka[10] Multiple murders 4 Masako Mori
The Number of Executed People in Japan since 1993
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
7 2 6 6 4 6 5 3 2 2 1 2 1 4
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
9 15 7 2 0 7 8 3 3 3 4 15 3

Note: Inmates noted with a * were sentenced to death for murder(s) committed while on parole for another murder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two hanged, including a female cult leader", Japan Tines, September 28, 2012. Archived Wayback Machine 1 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Two convicted killers executed, including one seeking a retrial". 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Japan: Two hanged as secretive executions continue". Amnesty International. 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Asahara, 6 ex-followers executed at once". Mainichi Daily News. 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Japan hangs all 6 remaining Aum death row inmates". Japan Today. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. ^ Osumi, Magdalena (27 December 2018). "Two Japanese death row inmates executed over 1988 robbery-murders of Cosmo Research president and employee". The Japan Times Online.
  7. ^ "Japan hangs 2 death-row inmates, 1st executions this year". 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  8. ^ 確定死刑囚1人の刑執行 福岡一家殺害の中国人
  9. ^ Men admit role in Fukuoka murders
  10. ^ Hiroyoshi Itabashi (December 26, 2019). "Chinese man executed for killing family of four in Fukuoka". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved December 26, 2019.

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