JAPAN: NUMBER OF DEATH-ROW INMATES HITS RECORD HIGH OF 111
December 27, 2010: there will be 111 death-row inmates in the nation as of the end of the year, a record high since the end of World War II, according to the Japanese Justice Ministry. The figure includes nine inmates whose death sentences were confirmed this year, while the number of those who were executed in 2010 stood at two.
It is the first time that the number of death-row inmates at the end of the year will top 110, while the previous high was 107 at the end of 2007. (Sources: Mainichi, 27/12/2010)