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Japan announces death penalty review after hanging two men

Japan’s government says it has plans to review its use of the death penalty after it angered abolitionists by executing two men this week, in the first hangings since the country‚Äôs center-left government took office in September.

Justice Minister Keiko Chiba took the unprecedented step of attending the executions of Kazuo Shinozawa and Hidenori Ogata at the Tokyo Detention Center on Wednesday.

Shinozawa burned six women to death after setting a jewelry store alight in 2000; Ogata strangled a woman and fatally stabbed a man in 2003.

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