Japanese Name Hanged Murderers; Victims Ally: Nobutaka Machimura
Byline: David Wilkes
JAPAN hanged three murderers yesterday and, in a significant policychange, for the first time revealed the names of those executed in a move aimedat bolstering public support for executions.
The anti-hanging movement in Japan has become more vocal, with executionsrunning at their highest level in more than 30 years.
The three hanged on Friday included Seiha Fujima, 47, who killed a 16-year-oldgirl, her mother and a sister after the girl refused his romantic advances.
The other two, Hiroki Fukawa, 42, and Noboru Ikemoto, 74, were also convictedof multiple murders.
The Justice Ministry had previously announced only the number of people hanged,although the Japanese media would often reveal their identities.
I believe that the information was disclosed so that we gain understanding fromthe public that executions are being carried out in an appropriate manner, withthe focus on feelings of the victims, said Chief Cabinet Secretary NobutakaMachimura.
The move has been instigated by Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama and chimes withpublic opinion. …