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JAPAN. NUMBER OF DEATH ROW INMATES HITS 100

February 20, 2007: the number of inmates slated for execution in Japan hit 100, with a fifth of the sentences coming in the last year alone, as Japanese courts take a tougher stance on violent crime.
In the landmark sentence the country's Supreme Court upheld capital punishment for Kazuo Shinozawa, 55, who was convicted of killing six people in 2000 after robbing a jewelry store and setting the shop on fire.
The decision makes Shinozawa the 100th death row inmate, pending finalization in coming weeks, and it is part of a surge of death sentences fueled by tougher sentences and faster court proceedings.
Courts sentenced 21 people to the gallows — hanging is the typical method of execution in Japan — last year alone.
"The number of death row inmates has surged over the last two to three years," Justice Minister Jinen Nagase told reporters in a regular briefing. Nagase said the trend should not be cause for alarm because the judgments were made carefully in accordance with law. (Sources: Ap, 20/02/2007)

BANGLADESH. ARMY OFFICER, TWO OTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN. MAN HANGED FOR CHILD RAPE AND MURDER
CHINA. HIGHEST COURT TO ORDER PROVINCES TO RETRY DEATH SENTENCES
MORATORIUM. PRODI: THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT PROMOTES CIVILITY
TEXAS (USA). MAN EXECUTED AFTER 24 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
MALAYSIA. THAI TO HANG AFTER APPEAL REJECTED
IRAN. CHILD RAPIST HANGED IN PUBLIC
ZIMBABWE. BROTHERS SENTENCED TO HANG FOR KILLING FOUR
UGANDA. PRESIDENT MUSEVENI SUPPORTS DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA. NIGERIAN EXECUTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
MONTANA (USA). SENATE VOTES TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
MORATORIUM. AL-KALIFA (UN): I WILL WORK TOWARDS CONSENSUS ON ITALY'S INITIATIVE
ZAMBIA. DEATH PENALTY WILL STAY ON STATUTE BOOKS - MINISTER
TEXAS. MAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING RETIRED COUPLE
US SOLDIER AVOIDS DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE AND MURDER
ACTIVISTS BLAST SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADINGS
ETHIOPIAN SC UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES ON CONVICTED TERRORISTS
IRAQ. REPORT: 235 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 2006
MARYLAND TO REVOKE DEATH PENALTY?
SAUDI ARABIA ORDERS PUBLIC DISPLAY OF EXECUTED FOREIGNERS
MORATORIUM. D'ALEMA SAYS THEY ARE WORKING TOWARDS A VOTE AT THE UN SOON
MOROCCAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING EU DIPLOMAT AND WIFE
IRAN HANGS MAN ACCUSED OF TAKING PART IN RECENT BOMBING
FRANCE. BANNING OF DEATH PENALTY WRITTEN INTO CONSTITUTION
SAUDI ARABIA. 4 SRI LANKANS EXECUTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
SAUDI ARABIA. NIGERIAN BEHEADED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN. SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS WOMAN'S DEATH SENTENCE
PAKISTAN. MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
UAE. IRANIAN MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR SMUGGLING 282KG OF HASHISH
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