Tokyo Detention House
|Location||Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan 1-35-1|
|Managed by||Ministry of Justice (Japan), Tokyo correctional province|
The Tokyo Detention House (東京拘置所, Tōkyō Kōchisho) is a correctional facility in Katsushika, Tokyo. A part of the penal system of Japan, it is operated by the Ministry of Justice. It is one of seven detention houses in Japan, which detain people awaiting trial, as well as those who have been sentenced to death and await execution.
One of Japan's seven execution chambers is in this facility. All executions in Japan are carried out by hanging. The execution chamber in Tokyo has a trap door, which is opened by one of the three buttons in the next-door room, which are simultaneously pressed by three prison staff members so that none of them will know for certain which of them pressed the real button. As the condemned dies, their body falls into a room below the execution chamber, and in that room the death is confirmed. Before the condemned is executed, they pass a statue of Amida Nyorai (Amitābha), one of the Buddhas. The execution room is in two sections, with both of them together the size of a 15 tatami mat room.
- Carlos Ghosn
- Kiyoshi Miki
- Shoko Asahara (hanged 6 July 2018)
- Richard Sorge
- Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka
- Norio Nagayama (hanged 1 August 1997)
- Tsutomu Miyazaki (hanged in 17 June 2008)
- Masahiro Kanagawa (hanged 21 February 2013)
- Seiichi Endo (hanged 6 July 2018)
- Yukio Seki (hanged 26 November 1993)
- Teruhiko Seki (hanged 19 December 2017)
- Hideki Kanda (hanged 1 August 1997)
- Toru Toyoda (hanged 26 July 2018)
- Kenichi Hirose (hanged 26 July 2018)
- Seiha Fujima (hanged 7 December 2007)
- Mitsuo Yabe (hanged 30 September 1987)
- Koichi Shoji (hanged 2 August 2019)
- Yoshio Iwamoto (hanged 27 August 2007)
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