Killer of seven, hanged in Japan
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Tokyo : Guilty of seven murders, Tomohiro Kato, was hanged to death in Japan. Kato was charged of a mass killing on June 8, 2008, when he was 25 years of age. Kato had mowed down three pedestrians in Akihabara district and then attacked four others with a sharp weapon. The lower court had considered it the rarest of rare cases and awarded lifer to Kato in 2011. The Supreme Court maintained the punishment in 2015.
This is the first lifer in Japan this year. Last year three people were hanged in Japan. More than 100 prisoners who have been awarded lifers are waiting for their turn. Japan is one of the developed nations where hanging has not been withdrawn. After the incident, a ban on possession of double-edged knife of more than five and a half centimeters was imposed. Violator of this rule invites imprisonment of three years and a fine of five lakh Yen